Musicians planning new season, even without Minnesota Orchestra name

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Locked out musicians say resolving their 14-month labor impasse with the Minnesota Orchestra remains a priority, but they're also making plans for a new season of concerts without management.

The Pioneer Press reports the musicians say they plan a season of concerts that are "both traditional and innovative," with specifics coming later this week.

Since the lockout began, the musicians have performed 20 concerts and have raised $650,000, the Pioneer Press says. FOX 9 reports the musicians raised more than $60,000 on Give to the Max Day.

According to the Star Tribune, the musicians plan 8 to 10 concerts through the spring. Two of those are coming up this weekend, when former music director Eiji Oue returns to conduct an all-Tchaikovsky program that will include selections from the Nutcracker.

Even amid the lockout the orchestra and its musicians are gaining acclaim. Their recording of two Sibelius symphonies was nominated for a Grammy Award over the weekend.

It was made under conductor Osmo Vänskä, who resigned this fall when the lockout forced cancellation of a pair of prestigious Carnegie Hall concerts.

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