Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Musicians approve SPCO offer but still worry about orchestra's future

Author:

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is set to return to the stage next week. Musicians ratified a three-year contract Monday, ending a six-month lockout and a labor impasse that dates back 16 months.

But even as the Musicians Negotiating Committee announced the ratification and expressed its excitement about performing again beginning May 9th, the group also underscored its worries about the future of the SPCO.

The committee chair says the quality of the orchestra will suffer unless management brings in a new president who can increase revenue. Musicians say the large salary reduction they've just agreed to will make it difficult for the SPCO to attract and keep top-flight players. The Star Tribune puts the salary reduction at 18.6 percent, although the musicians say it's more than 22 percent with other compensation also reduced.

Since Sarah Lutman stepped down as SPCO president in 2011 the orchestra's board chairman, Dobson West, has been interim president.

In a statement Monday West said the new contract puts the SPCO in position to eliminate its deficit and balance its budget. The chamber orchestra also announced a concert schedule that begins with performances May 9th, 10th, and 11th at churches in Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, and St. Paul, respectively.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

Related