Locked-out Minnesota Orchestra musicians announce indie 10-concert season

  • Article by: Kristin Tillotson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 8:40 AM

The performers will also be producing the season, which is drawing big names such as Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell.

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mnmiddleDec. 12, 13 4:29 PM

The unique thing about this labor dispute is the musicians ARE the product. While many manufacturing jobs require skill, you can train someone to do that same task in an acceptable amount of time and continue operations with a striking workforce. But musicians have a lifetime of training and practicing that can only be replaced with someone of the same caliber.

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stevenelDec. 12, 13 5:20 PM

The most replaceable cog in this enterprise is management. It's time to change faces at MOA. Wouldn't we as a community prefer to let the musicians into Orchestra Hall and lock management out, rather than the other way around?

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swansonadamDec. 12, 13 5:22 PM

Wow! Compare the musicians' season with the one planned by the MOA. This is what an orchestral season looks like. Wonderful local and international talent. And thanks for some scheduling in St. Paul.

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markapDec. 12, 13 6:10 PM

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is! If you don't like the way the boss is doing things, start your own company and run it yourself. Good for the musicians. Gutsy move. You've gotta respect that.

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adliblogDec. 12, 13 7:07 PM

If the classical music world conspires to reestablish the MN Orchestra to its rightful place in their hierarchy of world class orchestra's let's hope the State and municipal authorities cooperate in replacing the offending administrators and restoring the musicians to their rightful home. Maybe Vanska will even return.

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adliblogDec. 12, 13 7:21 PM

If the classical music world conspires to reestablish the MN Orchestra to its rightful place in their hierarchy of world class orchestras let's hope the State and municipal authorities cooperate in replacing the offending administrators and restoring the musicians to their rightful home. Maybe Vanska will even return.

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andersj9Dec. 12, 13 7:28 PM

I hope the musicians keep politics out of their concerts. They ruined it this summer when they allowed Betsy Hodges onto their stage.

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richerdavisDec. 12, 13 7:38 PM

Which party in this dispute is performing concerts? Holds meetings open to the public? Provides forums for input? Reaches the youth? Books Superstars of the Classical World? And which party gives bonus after bonus to its CEO? Consults a PR firm before publicizing numbers? Locks out its musicians and declares it their fault? Books a local pop band as entertainment for its fundraiser, and declares that they've fulfilled their artistic mission?

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learnedhelenDec. 12, 13 7:59 PM

I am really impressed with these musicians and their commitment to keeping the music flowing. I am not much of a classical music consumer, but I do know a bit about boards and strategic leadership. At least form an outsider's perspective, this board appears to exhibit the dual toxicity of intractability and myopia, and the directors have failed as stewards of both the orchestra and the public trust. A real shame, but kudos to the artists for taking on the challenge of self-management; I wish them well and even bought tickets to the Northrup King concert!

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metrotDec. 12, 13 8:25 PM

The musicians should be admired for their True Grit but this is 10 concerts over 150 days and they are playing for 75 percent of the "gate" divided 100 ways. Giving up six figure salaries plus benefits to do this is, perhaps, delusional.

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