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Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians to play 2 December concerts

Musicians with the locked out Minnesota Orchestra said Friday they will play concerts in the Twin Cities in December in light of the news that management's announcement Thursday that it was cancelling all concerts at Orchestra Hall through Dec. 23. The orchestra members will play Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at Ted Mann Concert Hall under the direction of Edo de Waart, who was the orchestra's music director from 1986 to 1995.
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Musicians with the locked out Minnesota Orchestra said Friday they will play concerts in the Twin Cities in December in light of the news that management's announcement Thursday that it was cancelling all concerts at Orchestra Hall through Dec. 23, the Star Tribune reported.

The orchestra members will play Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at Ted Mann Concert Hall under the direction of Edo de Waart, who was the orchestra's music director from 1986 to 1995. Longtime concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis will return to play the Bach Double Violin Concerto with the orchestra's current concertmaster, Erin Keefe.

The orchestra's musicians have been locked out since Sept. 30.

Despite the lockout, musicians forged ahead to play a concert on Oct. 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center auditorium, on what would have been the opening of their 110th season.

The Minnesota Orchestra's counterparts, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, have been locked out since Oct. 22.

Earlier this month SPCO management cancelled all concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2012, and on Thursday, two musicians announced they were leaving the orchestra because of the on-going dispute.

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