Despite ongoing talks SPCO cancels more concerts

Talks between management and the locked out musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are continuing, but without enough progress to prevent more cancellations.

Interim SPCO President Dobson West released a statement this afternoon saying the two sides were getting a better understanding of the complex issues involved in the contract. However, he said it was clear there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Unfortunately, we are at the point where we need to give several artists and presenters final confirmation on upcoming engagements. Therefore, it is with regret that today we must announce the cancellation of concerts through April 21,” he wrote.

The musicians had been hoping to avoid more cancellations as they fear the whole SPCO season is now at risk.