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Minnesota Orchestra musicians play on, in spite of lockout

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Minnesota Orchestra
19, 2012

While some orchestras, such as Milwaukee, have managed to settle their contract differences and begin or continue concert seasons, others, such as Minnesota, are struggling through difficult negotiations. Watching the Minnesota Orchestra management and musicians negotiations brings to mind the NHL. As their standoff continues, bitter feelings will continue long after a settlement is reached. [...]

Can Minnesota Orchestra survive contract dispute?

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Minnesota musicians are in week 10 of a lockout
7, 2012

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  As their annual meeting approaches, celebrations of last year’s artistic successes have been replaced by music lovers wringing their collective hands over the future of one of America’s top-tier orchestras.

Minnesota Orchestra conductor breaks silence about labor issue

16, 2012

Osmo Vanska, who is responsible for guiding the Minnesota Orchestra to a new level of artistry, has broken his silence about the contract impasse which threatens not just their season, but their very existence.  ”I urge the Board and the players of the MO, from the bottom of my heart, to seek new and creative [...]

La Boheme as ballet

22, 2012

Boheme as ballet; St. Paul musicians threatened with lockout; While other orchestras struggle, Nashville Symphony is on the rise

Locked-Out Minnesota Orchestra Plans Defiant Opening Night Concert

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Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
8, 2012

A musicians’ representative from the locked-out Minnesota Orchestra, whose concerts have been cancelled through Nov. 25, has announced that the orchestra will perform its 2012-13 season opening night concert Oct. 18 as planned, and that its conductor laureate, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, will conduct.

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Locked Out; Contract Trouble in Indy

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is one of several U.S. orchestras currently undergoing labor disputes.
3, 2012

A labor dispute has caused the Minnesota Orchestra to cancel performances through Nov. 25, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra continues to struggle to find a workable new contract for its musicians.

Getting a Handel On Your Groceries

11, 2012

Handel flash mob in London supermarket; How much is a world-class orchestra worth? Glenn Gould’s classic Goldberg Variations

Tango Good for Mind and Body

Tango Cesena Festival
7, 2012

Tango may be beneficial for your mental health; Several major orchestras in the US will delay their seasons

Accordion Performance Not for the Faint of Heart

Kimmo Pohjonen
April 11, 2012

If your only memory of the accordion comes from Lawrence Welk reruns, there’s someone you should check out. KTU is a three-piece avant-garde fusion combo which showcases the talents of Finland’s Kimmo Pohjonen, known in some quarters as the Hendrix of the accordion. Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen loves to tell the story of the history [...]

Why Jeremy Denk Hates Bach’s Goldberg Variations

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Jeremy Denk
21, 2012

The Goldbergs are like a friend you have who always does everything right; The sinking of the USS Minnesota; Making a Federal case out of the arts