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Both Twin Cities orchestras return to bargaining table

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Management with the two major orchestras in the Twin Cities plan to resume contract negotiations with their respective locked-out union musicians on Wednesday in hopes of ending their labor spats.

MPR notes the two sides in the Minnesota Orchestra disagreement have not met since late September and the two sides in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra dispute have not talked since Nov. 8. Officials with both orchestras claim they're facing major deficits and need to cut salaries in order to survive.

The SPCO will remain silent through at least Feb. 8, while the Minnesota Orchestra has canceled or rescheduled concerts through Feb. 10.

Musicians from both orchestras have played shows independently, including a sold-out concert at a Wayzata church earlier this month and a concert at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Oct. 18.

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