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It’s no holiday in Minnesota. That’s because there’s no work.

Minnesota Public Radio has broadcast a programme i the plight of the orchestra, which has been locked out for ten months. You can listen here.

Among those whose views it canvassed were mine. Amid the general morbidity, I tried to look ahead and offer a glimmer of a solution. Given that the two sides cannot agree which day of the week it is, the only option for both sides is to call in an expert arbitrator – I could name three excellent candidates – who could help dig the two sides out of their trenches and set them back on the high road.

Read a print summary here.



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  1. The musicians know what day of the week it is. They also know that they have no interest in being vassals to the Board. This false dichotomy of “both sides” and some weird need to be “balanced” is ridiculous.

  2. Anyone interested in the possibility of a good mystery might want to see what the date of the premier of Mozart’s last opera was and see what it might have in common with the starting date of the lockout.

    While at it, one might also want to check out a character in that opera with a name curiously similar to “MInnesota”.

  3. Mr. Leslie Ackerman says:

    For those who have been living inthe USA for the last 30 years, here it is a metaphor of where this country to going. Unfortunately for some, it is too late to move out.

    • It is my thinking that there are, in effect, two USA’s — one that is ultimately false, and one that is true, and that they are in conflict. If this is a valid premise, then good may win out. So may it be with music, and the MO.

    • It’s more of a microcosm of how the 1% is taking over everything.

  4. I lived in Minneapolis for 28 years and worked in the marketing dept. of the Minnesota Orchestral Association from 1980 to 1982, in the Neville Marriner, Klaus Tennstedt, and Leonard Slatkin years. I was there at the formation of the first Sommerfest. As a Seattle resident now, I have followed this tragic turn of events with great disappointment and it saddens me very much. The wonderful musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra deserve to be paid well and the audiences deserve to hear them play. Shame on the MOA for whatever has caused this lockout. It hurts to follow this story, heartbreaking and frustrating. What can be done?

    • Sabrina – check out Emily Hogstad’s blog
      She’s about as informed as a patron gets, and may have some useful information for the disapppointed, disenfranchised and disgusted supporters of the locked-out musicians.

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