The Minnesota Orchestra, whose musicians have been locked out for four months by a brutal management, will give a one-off concert on February 1, ahead of the Grammy awards. The orch has been nominated for Best Orchestral Performance, a recording of Sibelius’s 2nd and 5th symphonies, and the city’s mayor R T Rybak has asked both sides to call a two-day truce and show some pride in their institution with a concert of those two works.
The concert will be conducted by music director Osmo Vanskaa. It is, by any objective standards, a non-musical event in which any human harmony will be incidental. The orchestra’s president, Michael Henson, is spending $50 million on a new lobby while demanding 33 percent cuts and several job losses from the musicians.
Hension issued the following exacerbating statement, implictly placing all the blame on the musicians:
“We share pride in this Grammy nomination and appreciate that the mayor understands the importance of this cultural institution and the need for it to be financially sustainable in the future.”
It’s Arctic out there in Minnesota.