Musicians from the union negotiating team were invited to address a special meeting of the Minnesota Orchestra board of  directors later this month.
The invitation responds to a longstanding request from the musicians to speak directly to the board about the contract dispute, which resulted in the players being locked out on Oct. 1. The musicians have repeated the request many times over the six months of the lockout. 
The negotiating team said in a statement that it would consider the invitation, pending the answers to questions that it has about the meeting with the board.
No date was set.