Skip to main content

Deadline comes and goes in Minnesota Orchestra dispute

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A management-set midnight deadline came and went overnight in the nearly year-long Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute – but there are new signs of progress in the negotiations.

The orchestra board offered "further revisions" to its most recent proposal – which had been rejected by the musicians – and there were ongoing discussions this weekend through a mediator, MPR reports.

Musicians, who last week had made a counteroffer to the one they rejected, saw that as a hopeful sign, a spokesman said Sunday afternoon, when the orchestra played the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis.

Management's offer was made Sunday through former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who is mediating the dispute, the Star Tribune reported. Managers said they were awaiting reaction from musicians Sunday. In a statement, management said it might have more to say Monday.

The Sept. 15 "deadline" was in effect created by renown director Osmo Vanska. Vanska had said that the dispute would need to be settled by then in order to get rehearsals under way by Sept. 30, so that the group would be ready for two concerts in early November at Carnegie Hall. The high-profile conductor has said he'd resign if those concerts were canceled.

The orchestra played to about 4,000 who gathered at the bandshell Sunday. The group still sounds good, despite having lost some players, a review in the Pioneer Press notes: "The strings still had that lush, full timbre they've developed in recent years, and the winds still displayed an admirable chemistry, considering that most of the section leaders were missing."

MPR has a slideshow of the event.

Next Up

Myth

New apartment proposal could spell the end for Myth Live

Myth Live in Maplewood has a spotty past with the surrounding community.

Hsa Law Yaw Say

Police trying to find woman, 18, who was shot at in St. Paul

Police are looking for help finding the woman.

image

Is an Amazon grocery store coming to Woodbury?

There's six rumored stores in the Twin Cities.

ambulance

Man sentenced to life in prison for 2021 murder of girlfriend

Lacy Jo Krube, 36, was found unresponsive at her St. Paul home, after she'd been beaten in Brooklyn Park.

Richfield High School

New threat prompts closure of Richfield secondary schools

The new threat comes after a shooting outside the Richfield High School football game Friday night.

Screen Shot 2022-09-25 at 6.09.38 PM

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg to headline Duluth rally

The rally will take place at Leif Erikson Park on Oct. 1.

Screen Shot 2022-09-26 at 6.09.43 AM

Stella's Fish Cafe closes temporarily to investigate viral rodent video

The Uptown restaurant said it was closing temporarily so it could investigate the claims.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz, judge in dispute over Feeding Our Future case

A Ramsey County judge disputed Walz's claims that the Minnesota Department of Education was ordered by the court to resume payments to Feeding Our Future.

ambulance

2 dead, 1 with life-threatening injuries in Hwy. 7 crash

Both drivers were not wearing their seatbelt, according to the State Patrol.

Screen Shot 2022-09-25 at 11.50.33 AM

15-year-old Richfield football game shooting suspect arrested

A 16-year-old accused of instigating the altercation is also in custody.

Police tape

3 arrested after homicide, burglary in Inver Grove Heights

Charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary are pending.

Related