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Minn. Orchestra director breaks silence, urges quick end to lockout


The music director of the Minnesota Orchestra broke his his near-silence on the labor dispute in a letter to management and the musician's union this week that asked for speedy resolution, the Star Tribune reported.

In his letter to both sides of the dispute Monday, Osmo Vanska asked to do what it takes to "listen to each other and come to a resolution of this dreadful situation."

The orchestra's musicians have been locked out since Sept. 30. Management recently cancelled all holiday concerts at Orchestra Hall through Dec. 23.

In turn, the musicians, announced that they would play two holiday concerts on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at Ted Mann Concert Hall under the direction of Edo de Waart -- the orchestra's leader from 1985 to 1986.

Meanwhile, there's been no movement in the labor dispute between the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and management. The SPCO's musicians have been locked out since Oct. 22, and management earlier this month cancelled all concerts for the rest of 2012.

Last week, acclaimed violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman announced that he would help out SPCO musicians with a fundraiser next month.

Zuckerman, who led the SPCO from 1980 to 1987, will lead the musicians in all-Mozart program at Wayzata Community Church on Dec. 2.

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