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Legislature to audit Minnesota Orchestra use of state money

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Minnesota legislative auditor Jim Nobles intends to examine the Minnesota Orchestra's use of state money, MPR reports.

About 100 lawmakers requested the audit March 7, MPR reports. Nobles said the orchestra has received state money for several purposes, including money to remodel Orchestra Hall.

The news comes as a contract dispute that began in October drags on between Minnesota Orchestra musicians and management. Last week it was announced that more concerts were canceled through at least April 27.

The lockout is hurting the integrity of the orchestra, musicians say. Already, seven have departed or plan to leave, according to their website.

Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra also have been locked out since October. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has intervened in an effort to save the rest of the concert season, MPR reported.

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