A proposal by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell that the Minnesota Orchestra end its 11-month lockout of musicians while negotiations are held to end the dispute has been shot down by the hardline board and management.
Mitchell, the former Northern Ireland and Middle East peace negotiator, had been seeking a way to avoid the threatened resignation of music director Osmo Vanska if the orchestra are not back in their seats by the second week of next month.
The musicians had previously accepted Mitchell’s proposal.
A source close to the board say they would be unbothered by Vanska’s departure.