Reality Check – Negotiation FAQs

In response to your many letters and comments, we have updated our FAQs and will be featuring new ones regularly.

Is it true that only one musician has left the Minnesota Orchestra since this dispute began?

What positions are currently unfilled in the Minnesota Orchestra?

Is it true that orchestras that have undergone a “market reset” have not seen a major departure of their Musicians?

Can’t our musicians be easily replaced by talented graduates coming out of music conservatories?

Thank you for sharing your questions, views, and support!

Do you have a question for the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra? Email us!

Catch Them While You Can – A Chamber Concert – SOLD OUT

by the
Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, May 31st at 8:00 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
4201 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis Minnesota

All tickets for this event have been sold.
A very small number of seats may be available at the door if some people do not show up to claim their reservation.

Featuring Departing Musicians: Burt Hara, Gina DiBello, Pitnarry Shin, Tom Turner
With: Tony Ross, Erin Keefe, Richard Marshall, Arek Tesarczyk, Beth Rapier, Kate Nettleman, Skip James, Jonathan Magness, Sam Bergman, Katja Linfield

Program to include:
Bach Brandenburg Concerto #6
Marc Mellits “Tapas” String Quartet #3
Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Community Concerts at Temple Israel – May 19

Featuring the music of Bach, Vivaldi & Piazzolla

keefe_erinThe Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra wish to say Thank You to our community by presenting two free concerts on May 19th.

This family-friendly concert includes Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Vivaldi and Piazzolla movements from the “Seasons,” featuring violin soloists Erin Keefe, Jonathan Magness, Michael Sutton, and Pamela Arnstein, and flute soloists Adam Kuenzel and Greg Milliren.AdamWS

Children are welcome. No tickets necessary.

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2:00 & 4:00pm

Temple Israel
2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405

Call to Action! Jobs Bill

A jobs bill currently in the legislative Conference Committee would extend unemployment benefits for locked-out employees in Minnesota. You can help by contacting these Minnesota legislators, particularly the Senators, to let them know that the language regarding lockouts is of vital importance to our Musicians.

Please encourage them to keep this language in the Jobs Bill, and thank them for their support!

The State Senators are: David Tomassoni; Torrey Westrom; James Metzen; Tom Saxhaug; Dan Sparks
The House Representatives are: Tim Mahoney; Bob Gunther; Joe Atkins; Karen Clark; and Sheldon Johnson.

Please write or call: (click here for contact information)

Dear Senator,

I’m writing (calling) regarding the Jobs Bill containing language extending unemployment benefits for locked-out employees in Minnesota. It’s important to remember that unemployment due to a lockout is considerably different than most cases of unemployment and requires different treatment.

Please support the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, locked out now for more than seven months, and all future workers who find themselves unilaterally locked out by their employer by keeping this language. We appreciate your dedication to the arts and fairness to employees in our great state.

Burt Hara

We congratulate Burt Hara, one of the great orchestral clarinetists of our time, as he prepares to accept the position of Associate Principal Clarinet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In his 25 years as Principal Clarinet, Burt has been one of the shining stars of the Minnesota Orchestra. Last week in St. Paul, a packed house thrilled to his peerless performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. More than a musician, his influence has been felt throughout the Twin Cities as a devoted teacher, generous donor, and community leader. Words cannot convey how much we will miss our beloved colleague and friend. He is truly irreplaceable.