As the last notes of a tune by the Copper Street Brass Band faded into the light rain of a September evening and the audience of some 250 people outside Orchestra Hall applauded, the drummer waved his sticks and howled. “Yes! We’re playing music! We played music!” he yelled. “The lobby does not play music!” Read more →
At 11:30 a.m. Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak will hold a press conference to make statements on the Minnesota Orchestra.
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With a management deadline for a deal set for Sunday, representatives of the warring sides in the Minnesota Orchestra dispute sat down to talk in the MPR studios today about finances, philosophy and trust. However, early in a tense 45-minute Daily Circuit debate between Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson and musicians negotiating committee Read more →
The new Orchestra Hall is ready for business — whenever that may be possible given the current lockout of musicians for the Minnesota Orchestra. Orchestra officials took media on a tour this morning to show off the results of the year-long $52 million renovation project. There’s a lot of change that is easy to see, Read more →
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison today called upon the board of the Minnesota Orchestra to accept a proposal put forward by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell Read more →
The locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra issued a cryptic release today. Here it is: Minneapolis – The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra today confirmed with the Board-chosen mediator within Governor Mark Dayton’s process, their financially specific proposals. If accepted by management it would prevent the resignation of Osmo Vänskä, the Carnegie concerts and preserve Read more →
That orchestra officials would continue to say no is no surprise.
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A new report released today by the group Orchestrate Excellence finds that while Minnesotans believe having a world-class orchestra is important to the quality of life in Minnesota, they are embarrassed and dismayed by the lack of action on all sides of the Minnesota Orchestra lockout. The 38-page report is based on a community forum Read more →
This post has been updated For months now observers of the Minnesota Orchestra deadlock have focused on the Sept. 9 deadline set by Music Director Osmo Vanska for a rehearsal to prevent his resignation. But today things shifted again. According to a release from the Minnesota Orchestra Vanska now says rehearsals must start by the Read more →
Alumni and supporters of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute are calling for a quick resolution to the lockout of Minnesota Orchestra musicians. Read more →