Can Minnesota Orchestra survive contract dispute?
It has been 10 weeks since the management of the Minnesota Orchestra locked out musicians. Â
As their annual meeting approaches, celebrations of last year’s artistic successes have been replaced by music lovers wringing their collective hands over the future of one of America’s top-tier orchestras.
The orchestra’s board says theÂ future of the orchestra, depends onÂ saving $5 million in musician costs.
Musicians say the endowment still is the sixth-largest among American orchestras and that the organization has raised $97 million, including $52 million for a building project, during a $110 million capital campaign.
What the future holds is anyone’s guess. Â Of course, if this impasse cannot be broken, Minnesota will have a beautiful performance facility and no orchestra to help fill it.
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