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Rybak says Minnesota Orchestra sides have to settle dispute themselves

Posted by: Graydon Royce under Music, Classical, Behind the scenes, Orchestras Updated: September 10, 2013 - 6:06 PM

Politicians are becoming more vocal in their thoughts on the Minnesota Orchestra situation. Gov. Mark Dayton said at a press conference Monday that the two sides (union musicians and board/management) need to start considering the impact their dispute is having on Minnesotans. Stop thinking only about yourselves, the governor essentially said.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (at left with the Orchestra in 2006), in an interview about the fate of music director Osmo Vanska, said that the two sides have to look to each other for answers, and not count on others to solve the dispute.

"Both sides have to stop looking for others to bail them out," Rybak said. "There have been many people who have stepped in over time, but all have reached the conclusion that this will only be solved by the two sides at a bargaining table. Lock yourself in a room and shut up about it until you come back with a solution. The community is disgusted and desperate."

The mayor, who helped to organize a concert celebrating the Orchestra's Grammy nomination last February, said, "We have to to have dramatic change from both sides. We are in a serious crisis."

Rybak said he has always been willing to do whatever it takes privately but that the public nature of the dispute has been corrosive.

"I'm a former reporter but the constant communication through the media has built such hostility that this cannot be solved by someone from the outside," he said.

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