Can Minnesota Orchestra survive contract dispute?

Minnesota musicians are in week 10 of a lockout(Photo: Boyce Lancaster)
Minnesota musicians are in week 10 of a lockout(Photo: Boyce Lancaster)

It has been 10 weeks since the management of the Minnesota Orchestra locked out musicians.  

As their annual meeting approaches, celebrations of last year’s artistic successes have been replaced by music lovers wringing their collective hands over the future of one of America’s top-tier orchestras.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 the future of the orchestra, depends on 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.  Of course, if this impasse cannot be broken, Minnesota will have a beautiful performance facility and no orchestra to help fill it.

Read Minnesota Orchestra meets on a down note (Star Tribune)

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