Management cancels Minnesota Orchestra's summer series

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In the latest blow for fans of the Minnesota Orchestra, management called off a shortened summer series scheduled for July 20 to Aug. 3, the Star Tribune reports.

The canceled summer series is the latest casualty of the musician's lockout, which began Oct. 1. The lockout caused the cancellation of the entire 2013-14 Minnesota Orchestra season. In addition, some musicians have left the orchestra to look for work in other cities.

Six shows were scheduled for summer series, which were scheduled to take place at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Orchestra board chair Jon Campbell said in a statement Wednesday that management had waited as long as it could to make the decision to cancel the concerts.

The announcement of the cancellation come less than two weeks after management said it would return a $960,000 grant to the State Arts Board, since its labor dispute with the musicians wasn't resolved by the end of the fiscal year, which was the end of June.

In the dispute, Orchestra management has proposed a 32 percent reduction in minimum musician salaries, but the musicians' union have never made a counteroffer.

The musicians reportedly have indicated that they would return to the bargaining table if the lockout is lifted, but management has refused the request.

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