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.
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.
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.