The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra dressed up in their formal concert garb and played to a delighted audience Thursday night, which was to be the opening of their 110th season, the Star Tribune reports.
But there was a cloud hanging over the gala – the musicians were not paid, and they have been locked out by management since Oct. 1 amid a contract dispute. And while they organized this performance themselves through donations, future performances are in question.
Meanwhile, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has until Sunday night to accept a management offer or be locked out.
Orchestras nationwide have been struggling financially. In a column, Falcon Heights lawyer Eric Nilsson argues that both sides are going to have to face new realities if they want to dig themselves out of the mess.