The hounds' highlights have a global dimension this week as they touch on a dance piece from an Israeli-born choreographer who lives in the UK, a sitar virtuoso from India and a one-man show by a New York actor.
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It's finally here for writer and vocalist David Jordan Harris, the dance concert he's been looking forward to all fall. Hofesh Shechter, the celebrated UK dance troupe founded by the Israeli-born choreographer with the same name, has won international raves for its latest production, "Political Mother." Hofesh Shechter will perform the piece at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30pm, presented by Northrop Dance and the Walker Art Center.
Twin Cities actor Sally Wingert has gotten to know New York actor Michael Milligan through their work on the Guthrie Theater's production of "Appomattox." Wingert says Milligan's one-man show, "Mercy Killers" will be a moving, terrific night of theater. It's about a man coming to terms with his wife's terminal illness. One night only on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:00pm, at Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis sitar player and teacher David Whetstone has an intimate understanding of the music of Indian sitar master Shujaat Khan, because he studied with Shujaat's father, the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. David says Khan's smooth singing and virtuosity on his instrument will both soothe and thrill the audience. Shujaat Khan is performing this Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7pm, at Normandale Community College's Performing Arts Center.
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Management of the Minnesota Orchestra today cancelled all concerts through December 23rd. In a release Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell cited lack of progress in contract negotiations with musicians who management locked out on October 1st. Management cancelled all concerts through Thanksgiving at that time.
"In consideration of the needs of audiences, guest artists and our performance venue to make alternate plans for the holiday season, we feel we have no choice but to cancel performances through December 23," Campbell said in the statement. "We make this decision with heavy hearts, and once again ask our musicians to return to the negotiating table with a substantive proposal so our concert schedule can resume as soon as possible."
UPDATE: In an interview this afternoon musicians negotiator Tim Zavadil said the musicians were disappointed by the cancellations. He said it's up to management to end the lock-out and invite the musicians back to the table.
"It's kind of a bullying tactic to blame the victim," he said. "We are the ones who have had our salaries taken away, we've had our health insurance taken away. Our audience is the one who has had its concerts taken away."
Management has tried to reschedule artists booked to perform during the upcoming holidays for roughly the same dates in 2013. Ticketholders can hold on to their tickets for those rescheduled concerts, or turn them in for a refund.
The rescheduled concerts are:
• Celtic Woman, December 7 | rescheduled date TBA
• Chris Botti Christmas, December 14 | rescheduled date November 29, 2013
• The Tenors, December 19 | rescheduled date TBA
• A Scandinavian Christmas, December 20 & 22 | both dates rescheduled for December 21, 2013
• Jingle Bell Doc, December 21 | rescheduled for December 20, 2013
• Jingle Bell Doc, December 23 | rescheduled for December 22, 2013
Earlier this week locked out musicians called on management to avoid any further cancellations.
Meanwhile management and locked out musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are scheduled to negotiate today. Musicians rejected a contract proposal on October 31st, causing management to cancel all SPCO concerts through the end of 2012.
A representative of the musicians said they will be returning to the negotiations with ideas as to how to get talks moving again as opposed to a full contract proposal. There is no end time scheduled for todays meeting.(7 Comments)