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Minnesota Orchestra cancels more concerts

Posted by: Graydon Royce under Classical, Behind the scenes, Concert news, Orchestras Updated: March 20, 2013 - 11:43 AM

The Minnesota Orchestra has canceled concerts through the end of April because of the ongoing labor dispute.

Among the notable casualties:

Yevgeny Sudbin had been scheduled to play Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 2 with Osmo Vanska conducting April 11-13; Concertmaster Erin Keefe was to play Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting on the 25th and 26th.

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There are only three more classical programs and two pops concerts on the schedule before the 2012-13 season ends on June 2. With no negotiations scheduled in the contract standoff, it would appear at this point the entire season is in peril.

This season was to have been presented at the Minneapolis Convention Center while Orchestra Hall underwent a $52 million renovation. The Hall is scheduled to reopen with a program on July 25.

Musicians were locked out on Oct. 1 after rejecting a proposal that would have cut base salaries by 32 percent. The union has not made a counterproposal and since Sept. 30, the two sides have met only once – on Jan. 2. At that time, they agreed to move forward with a financial analysis of the orchestra, but they since have not agreed on the parameters of that analysis.

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