Musicians at the State Fair this Weekend

Visit Our Booth at the Labor Pavilion

Look for our green t-shirts and signs, join us and show your support for the musicians and great music!

pridelomomoThe Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will be at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm on both Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1. Visit us at the Labor Pavilion at the corner of Dan Patch and Cooper (near Gate 5).

Special Events:

  • 4:00 pm on Saturday: Chamber Music! Tony Ross and Kate Nettleman play the Rossini duo for cello and bass followed by Dvorak “American” Quartet performed by Deb Serafini, Jean DeVere, Sam Bergman and Pitnarry Shin.
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday: Manny Laureano plays trumpet calls on the half hour
  • Hourly CD give-aways to folks who sign onto our email list over the weekend (sign up as close as possible to “13/14″ after the hour to win!)
  • The amazing Young Musicians of Minnesota perform chamber music throughout the weekend at the Pavilion! Six performances Saturday and three on Sunday (view performance schedule).

We need you support more than ever. We hope to see you there!

Management Abandons their Own Mediator

The board and management of the Minnesota Orchestra has abandoned the mediation process and the mediator they themselves selected. They have presented an offer to the Musicians which appears to be virtually identical to an offer that the Musicians unanimously rejected earlier in August, an offer that was made outside of the mediation process put in place by Governor Mark Dayton. As stated in management’s letter to the Musicians: “This offer is submitted outside the provisions of the Mediation Agreement between the parties and Senator Mitchell.”

The Musicians are in the process of studying this new offer in detail and will take appropriate time to understand it fully before voting on it.

In recent weeks, mediator Mitchell did present his own thoughtful proposal to both sides. The Musicians accepted his proposal. The MOA rejected it, disregarding Governor Dayton’s efforts to resolve this tragic situation.

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have offered management numerous paths to a solution, and at every point management has rejected or delayed a collaborative approach to the future of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Since management unilaterally locked out the Musicians on October 1, 2012, orchestras in Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland, Washington and Pittsburgh have settled contracts with modest wage increases for their musicians.

We ask that you continue your efforts to let our board know that our community wants and will support a great Minnesota Orchestra. We call on the Governor, Mayor Rybak and other civic leaders to step forward and to support the preservation of a world-class orchestra for our globally recognized arts community.


We continue to need your support.
Please write to our Civic Leaders and Board Members.

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra accepted the independent proposal from management’s selected mediator, while management rejected it. Under the mediator’s proposal, all of the key deadlines for the fall season would be met, ensuring the Carnegie residency and Osmo’s tenure.  In fact, the Musicians would be back to work next week, and negotiations would begin again with the mediator’s help.

Please urge the board and management to reconsider the mediator’s independent proposal. Now, more than ever, we need you to voice your respectful support of this solution for preserving a world-class orchestra in Minnesota.

See Write a Letter or Email for addresses.


Urgent Call to Action: Contact the Board

Full Board is Meeting Tomorrow

To our supporters,

It is our understanding that the full Board of Directors is meeting tomorrow, August 28, 2013. We ask that you contact them immediately and urge them to accept the mediator’s independent proposal as the best chance to move forward.

If the Board accepts the mediator’s proposal, this will provide the best chance to prevent Osmo Vänskäs resignation, preserve the Carnegie Hall residency and open a season of great music in a remodeled Orchestra Hall.

The mediator’s proposal, already accepted by the Musicians, was deliberately designed to include risks for both sides to reach compromise. The Musicians are willing to assume these risks in order to move forward.

Now, more than ever, we need your respectful voices to raise in support of this solution for maintaining a world-class orchestra in Minnesota. We have included all the contact information we have available below.

You can copy/paste the entire email list as well from this link.

Thank You,

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

Board of Directors as listed on the Minnesota Orchestra website:

Life Directors

Directors Emeriti

    • Margaret D. Ankeny, Wayzata, MN
    • Mari Carlson, Director of Development, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Andrew Czajkowski, President & CEO, Retired, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 
St. Paul, MN
    • Dolly J. Fiterman, Minneapolis, MN
    • Beverly Grossman, Minneapolis, MN,
    • Karen H. Hubbard, Lakeland, MN,
    • Hella Mears Hueg, St. Paul, MN,
    • Joan A. Mondale, Minneapolis, MN
    • Susan Platou, Wayzata, MN,
Honorary Directors

Lockout Performances with Other Orchestras

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians backstage at the Chicago Symphony

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians backstage at the Chicago Symphony

During the 11 months of the lockout, the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been in high demand, performing with great orchestras nationally and internationally. In an incredible show of support and solidarity, more than 70 orchestras have offered work to our musicians. While we continue to work exhaustively to bring music back to our Minnesota audience, we are grateful for these opportunities to perform great classical music for appreciative audiences. It is an honor to lend our voices to the exciting orchestral programs and communities that are thriving throughout the country.

We thank every orchestra that has invited us to join them during the lockout, especially the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which has hired half of our musicians in the past year. Bravo to all of the following orchestras:

Akron SymphonyMankato Symphony
Alabama Symphony OrchestraMemphis Symphony
Albany Symphony OrchestraMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ann Arbor SymphonyMill City Opera
Atlanta Symphony OrchestraMilwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Australian Chamber OrchestraMinnesota Opera Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony OrchestraNashville Symphony Orchestra
Boise PhilharmonicNational Symphony Orchestra
Boston Pops Esplanade OrchestraNew York City Ballet Orchestra
Boston Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Canton SymphonyNorman Philharmonic
Charleston SymphonyOmaha Symphony
Chicago Lyric Opera OrchestraOrchestra Iowa
Chicago Symphony OrchestraOregon Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony OrchestraOrpheus Chamber Orchestra
Cleveland OrchestraPhiladelphia Orchestra
Colorado Symphony OrchestraPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony OrchestraQuad City Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Symphony OrchestraRichmond Symphony
Duluth Superior SymphonyRochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Eugene SymphonyRussian National Orchestra
Florida OrchestraSaint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Grand Forks SymphonySaint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Grant Park Symphony OrchestraSan Antonio Symphony
Hollywood Bowl OrchestraSan Diego Symphony Orchestra
Houston BalletSan Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Houston Symphony OrchestraSao Paulo Symphony
Indianapolis Symphony OrchestraSeattle Chamber Music Society
Iris Chamber OrchestraSeattle Opera
Jacksonville Symphony OrchestraSeattle Symphony Orchestra
Kalamazoo SymphonySioux City Symphony
Kansas City SymphonySWR Stuttgart
Kennedy Center Opera House OrchestraSyracuse Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles PhilharmonicToledo Symphony
Louisiana PhilharmonicTonhalle Orchestra
Louisville OrchestraToronto Symphony
Lucerne Symphony OrchestraUtah Symphony Orchestra
Malaysian PhilharmonicWorld Orchestra for Peace

“Magic of the Symphony” – A Community Concert in North Minneapolis

Monday, September 16th | 6:30pm
Magic of the Symphony
North Minneapolis YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center

To kick off year 2 of El Sistema Minneapolis (a non-profit called Advocates for Community through Musical Excellence, or ACME), Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have announced a FREE community concert to be performed in North Minneapolis.

laureano“Magic of the Symphony” conducted by Manny Laureano, will teach audience members how to identify the structure of a classical symphony and then be able to apply it to later works. The orchestra will explore how the symphony and the ensemble changed over the years through size and instrumentation. Included will be works from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

The performance will be held on Monday, September 16th, at 6:30p at the North Minneapolis YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center – the only YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center in the world. This concert is free and no tickets are required.

Food donations to benefit El Sistema Minneapolis are welcome.

To learn more about the concert, El Sistema Minneapolis, or ACME, please visit or like ACME at


Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra Announce Lake Harriet Concert

Last Year’s Concert Drew Nearly 4,000 Fans and Patronslakeharriet1

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform a free community concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, Sunday, September 15, at 5:00 p.m.

The Musicians are hosting this concert as a “thank you” to the community for their support of a world-class orchestra and musicians.

Orchestra member and principal trumpet player, Manny Laureano, will conduct Weber’s Overture to Der Freischutz and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Symphony No. 5.

  • WHO:  Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
  • WHEN:  Sunday, September 15th at 5:00pm
  • WHERE:  Lake Harriet Bandshell

Please join us! We look forward to playing for you!

Thank You to Musicians in Orchestras Around the World

Since the beginning of the lockout imposed by our management and board ten months ago, the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our colleagues in other orchestras throughout America and Canada. As the lockout drags on, many of these orchestras (and individual members) have contributed again. We could not be more grateful and are genuinely moved by the generosity and solidarity of our colleagues in the orchestras listed below:

Alabama Symphony OrchestraMilwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony OrchestraNashville Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony OrchestraNational Arts Center Orchestra of Canada
Boston Symphony OrchestraNational Symphony Orchestra
Buffalo Philharmonic OrchestraNew Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Calgary Philharmonic OrchestraNew Mexico Philharmonic
Charlotte Symphony OrchestraNew York City Ballet
Chicago Lyric Opera OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Chicago Symphony OrchestraNorth Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony OrchestraOrchestra London
Cleveland OrchestraOregon Symphony Orchestra
Colorado Springs Philharmonic OrchestraPhiladelphia Orchestra
Dallas Symphony OrchestraPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Dayton Philharmonic OrchestraRochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Detroit Symphony OrchestraSan Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Florida Philharmonic OrchestraSan Diego Symphony Orchestra
Fort Worth Symphony OrchestraSan Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Grand Rapids SymphonySan Francisco Opera Orchestra
Hawaii SymphonySan Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Houston Symphony OrchestraSeattle Symphony & Opera
Indianapolis Symphony OrchestraSt. Louis Symphony
Kansas City SymphonySt. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Kennedy Center Opera House OrchestraSyracuse Musicians Association
l’Orchestre Symphonique de MontrealThunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber OrchestraToronto Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles PhilharmonicUtah Symphony Orchestra
Louisville OrchestraVirginia Symphony Orchestra
Memphis Symphony OrchestraWindsor Symphony Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera OrchestraWisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Quick Facts about the Minnesota Orchestra Lockout

  • The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been locked out since October 1, 2012 with no salary or benefits.
  • We were never on strike, and in fact guaranteed that we would not strike if our management would participate in “play and talk” negotiations under our expired contract.
  • The contract proposal from management includes more than 25% pay cuts and a complete rewrite of all working conditions.
  • In 2012, our management and board completed a successful fundraising campaign which generated $97 million, including $52 million for a fully funded remodel of our hall, primarily the lobby spaces. Yet they continue to insist that there are inadequate funds to pay musician salaries, and refuse to submit to a comprehensive financial analysis by a third party.
  • We thank our colleagues in other orchestras, whose overwhelming support has enabled us to stand firm and united in resisting this attempt to recreate and severely diminish the Minnesota Orchestra. We know that the outcome of this lockout has ramifications for every professional orchestra in North America.

Negotiations Update | August 7, 2013

We are currently in a quiet phase as we attempt to enter mediation with our management. Our negotiating team is working day and night to try to move toward a solution. However, right now we must respect the explicit request of our potential mediator by not commenting on anything regarding this process.