Minnesota Orchestra cannot be sustained

It is almost a year that music died in Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall. During that period, the animosity between the management of Minnesota Orchestra and the locked-out musicians has deepened. Even U.S. Sen. George Mitchell could not bring the sides together. If things do not alter in the next few days, music would not return.

This is an experiential moment for one of the country’s most loved classical ensembles. The dispute over wages as well as work rules could soon cost Minnesota Orchestra in its forthcoming dates at the Carnegie Hall, the recording contracts and more importantly its reputation for stunning performance.

The renovation of the concert hall would end later this month. If disputes does not solve, silence may greet the hall. Orchestra board’s chairman Jon Campbell told that they might have no season next year.

Management’s negotiating team’s chairman Richard Davis told that Osmo might have to leave. The board is resolved to know that that is a risk.

The underlying tone is a sobering one - Minnesota Orchestra in its present form, and probably at its present level of excellence, could not be sustained. As much as two sides would prefer to think that the Minnesota Orchestra is all about the art. It is true but at this point of time it is all about money. They do not have enough of that. There not enough to pay musicians; and also not enough to make the orchestra going.

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