Minnesota Orchestra has new chairman

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 8:13 PM

Gordon Sprenger on Friday accepted the task of helping to heal the Minnesota Orchestra. Sprenger, 76, was elected as board chairman at a moment when the organization returns to music after a 16-month lockout of musicians.

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sukhinoJan. 31, 14 7:25 PM

Whatever cut Henson is taking, I'm sure it will be more than made up for in bonuses. If Sprenger truly wants to restore the Minnesota Orchestra, first order of business: Rehire Osmo. Second order of business: Drop Henson like a hot potato.

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lee4713Jan. 31, 14 8:23 PM

Looks like positive moves during this all-important window of rebuilding opportunity. I am hoping for the best; it's nice to feel a little optimism after over a year of frustration and anger.

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richerdavisJan. 31, 14 8:59 PM

As to "restoring the grandeur" of the Minnesota Orchestra - the musicians did their part and then some. Grammy-nominated twice under the duress of the lockout, and winning the Grammy this year settles the question of where the grandeur was lacking: in the grimly incompetent MOA leadership.

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kkjerFeb. 1, 1410:51 AM

I will go back when Hensen is gone and good old Gordo proves he ain't talking trash.

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bitomurphFeb. 1, 1411:30 AM

It is clear there are plenty of "hard feelings" among the patrons of the Orchestra. When Henson says he agrees to a 15% cut in his "total compensation" what does that mean? He was paid high bonuses, even during the lockout... I believe the Patrons will follow the lead of the Players, because that's where their loyalties are. That's where mine are, anyway. I would still like to see Henson step down.

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wavertFeb. 1, 14 7:13 PM

After presiding over the debacle of the last 2 years in his role as President and CEO, Mr. Henson needs to do the honorable thing and resign. He enjoys the confidence of neither the musicians nor their supporters and can not possibly be effective going forward. If Mr. Sprenger truly wants to restore the Minn Orch to its former glory, his first tasks in his "healing" mission should be to 1) rehire Osmo; 2) engage the musicians as he plans to do; 3) expand the board membership and executive committee membership to include musician representatives; and 4) jettison Mr. Henson as well as any and all current board members whose continued presence in the organization could be obstructive.

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