Chris Roberts Feature Archive

Former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra leader Bruce Coppock will return as its president and managing director, the SPCO announced Tuesday. (05/07/2013)
Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska has told the Minnesota Orchestra he will resign if the musician lockout isn't resolved. (05/02/2013)
Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska announced today that he would resign his post if musicians and management couldn't reach a deal to be playing again by September 2013. (05/02/2013)
The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are returning to the stage, after a seven-month lockout marked by halting, sometimes bitterly contentious contract talks with orchestra management. The musicians Monday ratified a new, three-year contract agreement, and will perform their first concert of the year on May 9. But it will take far longer for the two sides to repair a relationship that has been badly strained by the dispute. (04/30/2013)
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians on Monday ratified a new three-year contract. (04/29/2013)
Minnesota Orchestra musicians have set a new condition in their labor dispute with the orchestra. They want orchestra management to end the seven-month lockout before they'll return to the bargaining table. (04/26/2013)
Biblical texts set to music are a church tradition, but when you add the element of jazz, it expands its artistic reach. (04/12/2013)
Philosophers have written tomes about the meaning of existence. Somehow, the Eau Claire-based indie folk band The Daredevil Christopher Wright has boiled it down to a three-minute song: "I & Thou." (02/05/2013)
Now emerging from a financial crisis that nearly killed it in 2011, the Southern Theater in Minneapolis survived collapse by stripping down to one staff person and becoming a rental facility for local arts groups. (01/09/2013)
Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians say a report by the Star Tribune shows that the orchestra's board and management may have misled the community on its financial health. (11/26/2012)
Locked-out musicians at the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras have been warning of a dangerous decline in artistic quality if they accept new contracts sought by management. They say the severe cuts in salary and benefits will force many musicians to seek employment elsewhere. We hear from two of them who have already made that decision. (11/08/2012)
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has made a new offer to its musicians and set a new deadline. (10/12/2012)
Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra today rejected a proposal from management to continue performing as they negotiate, commonly known as 'play and talk,' under the terms of management's latest contract offer. (10/11/2012)
American orchestras are going through a tumultuous period that may forever alter how they're run and their relationships to their communities. Horrible economic conditions and menacing long term trends spawned an orchestral tempest. (10/10/2012)
Time is running out for the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to reach new labor agreements with their musicians unions. Both contracts expire at midnight Sunday. Even though the orchestras don't command the crowds professional sports teams do, work stoppages would cause economic pain in their respective hometowns. (09/28/2012)