Peacemaker George Mitchell steps into Minnesota Orchestra dispute

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 24, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Star Tribune exclusive: Ex-senator, who helped broker peace in N. Ireland, is mediating Minnesota Orchestra dispute.

  • George Mitchell

    Born: Aug. 20, 1933

    1977-79: U.S. attorney for Maine

    1980-95: Democratic U.S. senator from Maine

    1989-95: Senate majority leader

    1995-2001: U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland

    2004-07: Chairman, Walt Disney Co.

    2007: Chief investigator, appointed by Major League Baseball, into allegations of players’ use of performance-enhancing drugs

    2009-11: U.S. special envoy for Middle East peace

    Minnesota orchestra dispute timeline

    April 12, 2012: Contract talks begin

    Sept. 30, 2012: Talks break off

    Oct. 1, 2012: Musicians locked out

    January 2013: Attempt to restart talks fizzles

    May 2013: Canceled concerts mean loss of entire 2012-13 season

    July 2013: Former Sen. George Mitchell enlisted in contract talks

    September 2013: Start of new season and opening of renovated Orchestra Hall in doubt

    November 2013: Carnegie Hall concerts remain on schedule, for now

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