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He failed in the Middle East. Can he save music in the Midwest?

The Star-Tribune, whose publisher is a member of the board that has locked out the Minnesota Orchestra players for 11 months, has been leaked the name of the secret arbitrator between the two sides.

 

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He is Senator George Mitchell, an international (and personal) hero. Senator Mitchell, who did more than anyone to achieve a peaceful settlement in Northern Ireland, was unable to breach the Israel-Palestine walls in the Middle East, his last public mission.

Can he bridge the gap between an obdurate, corporate board and a hungry, abused and angry group of musicians? Watch this space.

In the Strib piece, by the way, the reference to Slipped Disc and its sources is untrue and plain wrong. We have never talked to the Strib.

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UPDATE: Musical America has just reported that both sides are denying my account of the state of negotiations. I have an official summary document in my possession and stand by the story. This would not be the first time that MOA has told lied to the media.

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Comments

  1. wo u l d NOT put a n y blame on Senator Mitchell…..
    one does now the true culprits!

  2. Cassandra Riis says:

    When blogs replace newspapers, there will be no “boards” to lock-out anyone from anything.

  3. Thanks to Song of the Lark blog – http://theafmobserver.typepad.com/2013_convention_diary/2013/07/monday-afternoon-2-pm-to-3-pm.html

    (Summary of the whole sorry mess by a musician negotiator, Tim Zavadil)

  4. James Brinton says:

    Do you know whether Mitchell suggested the harsh intermediate proposal (which the musicians are said to be rejecting), or will he be the mediator for the hoped for long-term arrangement?

  5. John Parfrey says:

    George Mitchell is just one in a long and distinguished line of skilled people who, for many decades, have failed in the middle east. I wouldn’t fault him if he didn’t achieve success there.

  6. Michael Henson previously worked in Ulster – that’s Northern Ireland. Just sayin . . .

  7. Steve Foster says:

    “In the Strib piece, by the way, the reference to Slipped Disc and its sources is untrue and plain wrong. We have never talked to the Strib.”

    LOL…you mean to tell us the Minneapolis Star & Tribune printed something that wasn’t entirely accurate?! Well gosh! THAT never happens. o_O

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