This may be a naive proposition, but I cannot get my head around what’s going on in Minnesota.
The musicians have been locked out for refusing to take a deep pay cut while the board lavishes $50 million on a new lobby.
So far, so business as usual.
But what is an orchestra without musicians? It is, in the words of Monty Python, a dead parrot.
That being the case, why bother to pay the manager, Michael Henson, to sit in a gilded cage and wait for the parrot to come back to life? What is his job when the musicians are locked out? Does he go around the building checking that the washrooms have been cleaned and the garbage put out? What does he do with the rest of his day? Why is he still drawing a salary?
Put another way, if the dispute has been called to save payroll money, why pass up an opportunity to save a whole lot more?
Just asking. Meantime, here’s a really angry rant from one of the customers, objecting to a letter Henson sent out at the start of the lockout.