The freeze imposed by the management of the Minnesota Orchestra has begin to melt. Fourteen Democratic members of the state legislature have called for a public hearing into the organisation’s finances. They said politicians had been assured the orch was in good financial shape when they voted $14 million for renovating the concert hall and $1 million in annual operating expenses.
Since the orch locked outs its musicians on October 1, saying it could not afford to pay the wage bill, that claim looks questionable. Expect orch president Michael Henson to sweat beneath committee lights. One Congressman has called the orch’s conduct ‘unethical’.
More here in a tough report from the CBS affiliate.