Lileks: A look into the future at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 11, 2013 - 5:09 PM

Notes from the future: a story in the Star Tribune, Nov. 11, 2023 …

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mnorchfanNov. 9, 13 3:36 PM

James....I thought you were a champion of free markets...if a tape player is all that the public is willing to lay for, the people have spoken, nobody likes whiny elitists who push their hobbies on others.

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SnoobearNov. 9, 13 3:57 PM

Unfortunately more truth than fiction in your article, James. I do think you forgot that the bankers who head the board REALLY want the hall for a new futuristic bank that one more time rob the public. I sincerely hope the real bank these guys represent collapses in a similar fashion. Time to take your money out folks and move on!

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richerdavisNov. 10, 13 1:42 AM

Once again...the musicians are not on strike. It's a lockout. The terms are not interchangeable, even at the Star Tribune.

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jlestribNov. 10, 13 2:19 AM

Repeat after me until you get it right: It is a lockout not a strike. It is a lockout not a strike. It is a lockout not a strike. It is a lockout not a strike. The musicians are NOT on strike. They have been locked out by management for nearly 14 months. The $52 million renovated hall sits dark and empty. 350,000 people per year are not coming downtown like they used to for concerts. National events have been canceled. Restaurants are losing business. MOA leadership should apologize to the community and resign forthwith.

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hiramfosterNov. 10, 13 7:37 AM

The future of Orchestra Hall without an orchestra in one word? Condos.

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hiramfosterNov. 10, 13 8:50 AM

It's satire, but it's not really funny, a different thing. I would also suggest that the weakness of this kind of piece is that it is very safe. Mr. Lileks isn't mean. No specific person is unfairly targeted. The piece sort of wanders off into nothingness, a fate that might very well be shared by the Minnesota Orchestra. It's said that journalism should comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. I think satire is limited to the latter, and the problem here is that Mr. Lileks afflicts no one.

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newlandsjNov. 10, 1311:50 AM

To take the "Uff-Das Rheingold" analogy one step farther, the management seems to be barring the door to the real god that should be living in the new Orchestra Valhalla: Music. Like the opera, it is the struggle for gold that is the conflict and the source of the drama.

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lee4713Nov. 10, 1312:07 PM

A correction - "Uff-Das Rheingold" will premiere not in New York but at the MN Opera, which goes from strength to strength, is in the black, and is building a worldwide reputation for their commitment to a balance of both new works and a variety of older works stunningly presented.

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lee4713Nov. 10, 1312:09 PM

'Condos' - then it will be public housing, because the city owns Orchestra Hall now.

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lee4713Nov. 10, 1312:11 PM

"whiny elitists who push their hobbies on others" - great description of the Wilfs.

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