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Breaking: Two more past maestros urge Minnesota to talk peace

Two past music directors of the Minnesota Orchestra have written to the board and to the musicians, urging them to get around the table and reach  a prompt settlement. Edo de Waart (1986-95) and his predecessor Sir Neville Marriner (1979-86) have expressed their concern at the lockout of the musicians and the confrontational atmosphere. Both have experienced similar showdowns in Minnesota and both consider them  harmful and futile.

While scrupulously refusing to take sides in the present dispute, we are authoritatively informed that the two senior maestros was warmly supportive of a decision by their predecessor, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, to conduct the locked-out players  in a benefit concert.

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  1. The letter was from Edo, Neville, and Stan, and was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune this past weekend. It is directed solely at the management and board. Here is the complete text:

    As former music directors of the Minnesota Orchestra, we came to the state because we believe that it wants and deserves to have a world-class orchestra.

    We are proud of the cultural gem we have built, with the musicians, for more than half a century. It required long and careful work to assemble a championship team, person by person, always building on a vision of superb music-making.

    This legacy can be swiftly destroyed, a tragedy not only for lovers of great music, but for the cultural soul and significance of the region.

    An orchestra does not recover easily, from such drastic cuts, if ever. We urge the Minnesota Orchestral Association to do everything in its power to preserve this longstanding jewel.


  2. Stuart Green says:

    Sadly it is conductors fees that have bankrupt orchestras throughout the world,when will they admit that post Karajan the music profession has been struggling thanks to the fees charged by mostly 2nd rate so called maestros.

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