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Both Twin Cities orchestras facing music as contract talks hit critical moment

On Friday, negotiators for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and its musicians will meet to discuss management's latest contract offer. In Minneapolis, musicians and management of the Minnesota Orchestra plan to meet for contract talks on Monday. Both organizations face deficits, and managers want major wage concessions.
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On Friday, negotiators for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and its musicians will meet to discuss management's latest contract offer. In Minneapolis, musicians and management of the Minnesota Orchestra plan to meet for contract talks on Monday. Both organizations face deficits, and managers want major wage concessions.

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