From the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra regarding today’s meeting with the entire Board of the Minnesota Orchestra

After eight months of denying musicians’ requests for a meeting, today the entire board finally engaged with the Musicians. Challenges can only be overcome by rebuilding trust and having a dialogue about what it takes to maintain a world-class Orchestra in a world-class arts community. As soon as management ends the lockout, we, the Musicians, will know that management is serious about maintaining a “world-class” Orchestra to open a renovated Orchestra Hall.

Dear Mr. Henson: Your lockout is the ‘barrier to negotiations’

Dear Mr. Henson,

As the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra enter our seventh month of being locked out of our jobs without salary or benefits, we wanted to remind you, as well as the public, our audience, and MinnPost readers, of some facts regarding our “negotiations”.

Read full letter here: Dear Mr. Henson: Your lockout is the ‘barrier to negotiations’  MinnPost By Tim Zavadil, Doug Wright, Burt Hara, Tony Ross and Cathy Schubilske |


Skrowaczewski to Return April 25 with the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will once again take the podium to conduct the Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Thursday, April 25th. The concert will be held at The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University.


Photo by Courtney Perry

Photo by Courtney Perry

Principal Clarinetist Burt Hara will be the featured artist, playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Maestro Skrowaczewski, a world-renowned Bruckner specialist, will lead the orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat, Romantic.

At one time, The O’Shaughnessy was the St Paul home of the Minnesota Orchestra, which held weekly performances there under then-Music Director Skrowaczewski. The April 25th performance will be a long-overdue homecoming for conductor, musicians and concertgoers. We look forward to greeting all our fans and friends on what is sure to be a memorable evening in St. Paul!

WHEN:           7:30 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2013

WHERE:        The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University

TICKETS:      Tickets may be purchased in person, by phone or online from The O’Shaughnessy Box Office.  Ticket prices will be $20, $40, $60; and $150 for a limited number of premium tickets that include premium seating, a pre-concert reception with the musicians, and a special gift.