St. Paul Chamber Orchestra reports $280,000 surplus for 2013

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 7:10 PM

Six-month standoff reduced expenses, but also ticket revenue.

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atwardowDec. 3, 13 4:38 PM

Thank God of course that the SPCO has returned to reasonably solid footing, but it's profoundly sad - and a reflection of the misplaced priorities that have taken hold in this state - that on the same day the SPCO and the criminally mismanaged MOA release numbers generally confirming the precarious position that our state's performing arts gems find themselves, the governor of Minnesota is seen standing next to a swindling corrupt real estate developer who will enrich himself and a football team to the tune of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

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pokey2007Dec. 3, 13 4:43 PM

Wowzer!

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kim5618Dec. 3, 13 4:57 PM

Hope you're happy there, SPCO management. You have ruined a beautiful orchestra for the Almighty Dollar.

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mlh123Dec. 3, 13 6:14 PM

The SPCO exists in name only. The real thing was destroyed by mismanagement

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caferevDec. 3, 13 6:41 PM

Been a season ticket holder to SPCO for three years now. They do things right, and the "other" symphony could've learned a lot from SPCO. But instead MSO's sense of entitlement ate them alive. I mean, with the price of their tickets and the demographics of their patrons, it's almost absurd how MSO mismanaged themselves so badly. But, so is The Arts.

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tcarlsenDec. 3, 13 9:56 PM

The SPCO is doing ok. I have seen three shows this year and will see another this week. About 3/4 of the pieces I heard were played nearly superbly. They players are getting paid until better days ahead. The current contract for the musicians now is good, not great. Players are being paid and fans are seeing shows. Things may be better in three years and the contact down the road a better one, and until then the players are getting paid. What is a better choice: A better contact in three year and paid fine until then, or a better contract in three years and paid nothing in a stupid refusal by the Minnesota Orchestra musicians to accept an average annual salary of $104,000 per year plus great benefits knowing Vanska said he had to walk if they did not accept that. SPCO all the way!

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pkbrandonDec. 3, 1310:53 PM

As a longtime season subscriber I have some basis for judging the competence of the current group of musicians. They are definitely younger than in the previous decade or two, but very professional. Some of the performances have been merely competent; some inspired. That's as it's always been, and as much a function of the conductor as the musicians (personally I'd appreciate a return to the old days of one chief conductor and occasional guests).

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lee4713Dec. 3, 1311:17 PM

The SPCO and MOA situations were very different in many ways, so comparing the two is apples and oranges. Suffice to say the SPCO as we knew and loved it is gone. Damn shame.

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hiramfosterDec. 4, 13 9:43 AM

This article kind of overlooks a dynamic that is very present in the Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute. Basically, it seems to be the case that orchestras lose money when they give concerts, providing a perverse incentive to lock musicians out. This, I believe, goes a long way toward explaining how the Minnesota Orchestra management is able to sustain their lockout. If the MOA is making money by not holding concerts, what incentive do they have for reaching an agreement with the musicians? Negotiations work better when both parties are under pressure to reach a deal. If financial pressures don't motivate the parties to reach an agreement, what will?

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chuckulleryDec. 4, 13 9:23 PM

During my 39-year tenure as a musician in the SPCO, I have never been more excited than I am now about what is going in our organization. I hope that our supporters and audience members will stick with us!

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