The Minnesota press are reporting that the much-beleagured players of the stricken Minnesota Orchestra will defy the fates--and the ongoing nasty industrial dispute--and play a starry 10-concert season. Meanwhile, local legislators demand resignations amongst the orchestra's corporate suits.
Financial results at the troubled Minnesota Orchestra are much stronger than might have been expected, say upbeat board. Hits, yes, but lots of relatively good news on which to build.
Attorney Lee Henderson, a member of the community-based group “SOS: Save Osmo," wrote an editorial urging the musicians and community to work together towards establishing a new symphony orchestra. Here’s an excerpt from his editorial that appeared in the Minneapolis StarTribune on November 12.
The University of Minnesota announces that Osmo Vänskä will return to lead the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra once again, on May 2, 2014, at the University of Minnesota's newly remodeled Northrup Memorial Auditorium.
Composer Aaron Jay Kernis resigned on Tuesday after 15 years as the director of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.
Although he resigned as music director on October 1, Osmo Vänskä will lead the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra one more time (in two concerts) scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.
Politicians weigh their words very carefully. So, given the current volatile climate, so must American orchestra chiefs. None more so, though, than Michael Henson, boss of the Minnesota Orchestra, which has become a flashpoint for the strained negotiations between players and management hitting so many bands across the U.S.
A proposal by vaunted Northern Ireland and Middle East peace negotiator, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, that the Minnesota Orchestra end its 11-month lockout was just shot down by both board and management.
"The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute has been a beacon in the field, and had substantially enriched the Minnesota Orchestra’s stature as a forward-thinking cultural institution." -- Philip Glass, John Corigliano, David Lang, Kevin Puts, Nico Muhly, et al.
Musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra have been locked out in salary disputes that recently passed the 10-month mark, becoming the longest of any U.S. symphony in decades. Sorry, Alfred Che Newman; it appears there will be no sounds of summer, either.