The orchestra lockouts in the Twin Cities are apparently being felt outside of the membership of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A University of Minnesota doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting says students "don't have a model right now" because of the lockouts.
World renowned violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman is stepping up to help out members of the locked out St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Pinchas Zukerman, who led the SPCO from 1980 to 1987, is returning to the Twin Cities to lead the musicians of the SPCO who have been locked out of salary and benefits since Oct. 22.
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.