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.