Minnesota Orchestra cancels holiday concerts through Dec. 23

Amid a contract dispute with its musicians, management of the Minnesota Orchestra on Thursday cancelled concerts through Dec. 23, including a number of holiday events: Celtic Woman, Chris Botti Christmas, and A Scandinavian Christmas. Some dates have been rescheduled for the holiday season next year.
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Management of the Minnesota Orchestra on Thursday cancelled concerts through Dec. 23, including a number of holiday events: Celtic Woman, Chris Botti Christmas, and A Scandinavian Christmas, MPR reports.

Management officials say the organization cannot afford the contract musicians want; musicians say cuts threaten the integrity of the orchestra. Last year, the orchestra had a $2.9 million deficit, the largest in the organization’s history, WCCO notes.

The orchestra's management has more on its contract talks on its website.

Management locked out its musicians on Oct. 1 amid a contract dispute, and little progress has been made toward a resolution.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which also has locked out its musicians amid a contract dispute, also canceled its concerts through the end of the year.

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