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It may be the case that little news is good news in the contract negotiations at both of the Twin Cities major orchestras.
Later today representatives of locked out musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will sit down with representatives of their respective managements to negotiate.
2012 will go down as a year of orchestral turmoil in the U.S.: Strikes, lockouts and bankruptcies erupted time and again as once seemingly untouchable institutions struggled financially.
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Locked-out musicians and managements of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have announced negotiation sessions for Jan. 2.
With musician lockouts at the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra entering their fourth months, many observers are wondering how they will be resolved. Several theories are circulating about what some are calling the end game.
Management at the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday cancelled all concerts through Feb. 10, but also offered locked-out musicians dates to talk without pre-conditions.
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The locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform two sold-out shows this weekend at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.
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It is up to Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra management to make the next move in the contract dispute, said the locked out musicians on Tuesday.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Board Chair Dobby Gibson cited a budget deficit as confirmation that the orchestra needs to make substantial long-term cuts in order to remain a viable institution.
Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson attributed the shortfall to the poor economy and to the expense of the recently expired contract with musicians.