Orchestra musicians announce second May concert with Vanska


Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform another spring concert under former Music Director Osmo Vanska at Northrup Auditorium.

The musicians announced Friday that they would perform a second concert in May, according to a Pioneer Press report.

It will be a second performance of the "Echoes of History" program that the orchestra plans to perform on May 2. The concert will feature pieces by Wagner, Dvorak, Liszt and Tchaikovsky.

The first concert sold out in 48 hours. Tickets for the May 4 performance will go on sale on Dec. 16 at noon.

MPR News reports that musicians are also preparing to hold a community meeting on Monday morning. They will present a progress report and new mission statement.

The event at the Hilton Hotel comes just two days before the Minnesota Orchestral Association holds its annual meeting where it will reveal its financial figures for the last fiscal year.

Musicians have been locked out since Oct. 1 2012, after they rejected a contract proposal including pay cuts that management said were needed for the organization to remain viable. When the sides failed to reach an agreement, Vanska resigned as conductor of the orchestra on Oct. 1.

The sides have failed to make any progress in talks recently. Despite the cancellation of the entire season musicians have held and scheduled 20 concerts on their own and have raised over $300,000.

With the labor dispute continuing the association claims they are in compliance with the terms of a city lease that governs the operation of Orchestra Hall. The claim comes as there is growing pressure on the City of Minneapolis to find the association in breach of the lease and retake control of the hall, which it owns after sponsoring a $14 million state bonding request on the now completed renovation project.

Both sides claim the other is refusing to bargain and no contract talks are scheduled at this time.

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