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!
The 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).
- 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!
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.
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.
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
Board of Directors as listed on the Minnesota Orchestra website:
- Jon R. Campbell, Chair
Executive Vice President and Director of Government and Community Relations, Wells Fargo Bank, email@example.com
- Richard K. Davis, Immediate Past Chair
Chairman, President & CEO, U.S. Bancorp, Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Henson, President and CEO
Minnesota Orchestral Association, email@example.com
- Nancy E. Lindahl, Secretary,
Deephaven, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Patrick E. Bowe, Treasurer
Corporate Vice President, Cargill, email@example.com
- Nicky B. Carpenter,
- Kathy Cunningham, Mendota Heights, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Luella G. Goldberg, Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Douglas W. Leatherdale, Chairman and CEO, Retired, The St. Paul Companies,
Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ronald E. Lund, Eden Prairie, MN, email@example.com
- Betty Myers, St. Paul, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Carlson Holdings,
- Dale R. Olseth, Chairman Emeritus, SurModics, Inc.,
Eden Prairie, MN
- Rosalynd Pflaum, Wayzata, MN
- Margaret D. Ankeny, Wayzata, MN
- Mari Carlson, Director of Development, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Andrew Czajkowski, President & CEO, Retired, Blue Cross & Blue Shield,
St. Paul, MN
- Dolly J. Fiterman, Minneapolis, MN
- Beverly Grossman, Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karen H. Hubbard, Lakeland, MN, email@example.com
- Hella Mears Hueg, St. Paul, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joan A. Mondale, Minneapolis, MN
- Susan Platou, Wayzata, MN, email@example.com
- Emily Backstrom, Finance Director – RCOE, General Mills,
Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karen Baker, Orono, MN, email@example.com
- Rochelle Blease, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Wolters, Kluwer Financial Services, Minneapolis, MN
- David L. Boehnen, Dorsey & Whitney
- Margaret A. Bracken, Minneapolis, MN,firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jan M. Conlin, Partner and Chair of Business Trial and Litigation Group, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi,
- Mark Copman, Vice President, Corporate Development, 3M,
St. Paul, MN, email@example.com
- Ken Cutler, Managing Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP,
Minneapolis, MN, Cutler.Ken@dorsey.com
- Jack W. Eugster,
Excelsior, MN, Jack Eugster@mchsi.com
- John F. Farrell, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Haskell’s, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ben Fowke, Chairman, President and CEO, Xcel Energy,
Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Paul D. Grangaard, President and CEO, Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation
Port Washington, WI, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jane P. Gregerson, Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Susan Hagstrum, Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jayne C. Hilde, Vice President, Satellite Shelters, Plymouth, MN,email@example.com
- Karen L. Himle, Director, HMN Financial, Minnetonka, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- William A. Hodder, Edina, MN
- Shadra J. Hogan, Minnetonka, MN,email@example.com
- Mary L. Holmes, Wayzata, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Philip Isaacson, Chairman, Nonin Medical, Plymouth, MN,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nancy L. Jamieson, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, President Elect
Bloomington, MN, email@example.com
- Lloyd G. Kepple, Partner, Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly LLP,
Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Klingensmith, Publisher and CEO, Star Tribune Media,
Minneapolis, MN, Michael.email@example.com
- James A. Lawrence, Chairman, Rothschild North America
New York, NY
- Mary Ash Lazarus, CEO, Vestiges, Inc.,
- Allen U. Lenzmeier *
Vice Chairman, Retired, Best Buy,
Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Warren E. Mack, Partner, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.,
Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Harvey B. Mackay, Chairman, Mackay Envelope Company,
Minneapolis, MN, Harvey@mackay.com
- James C. Melville, Kaplan, Strangis, and Kaplan, P.A.,
Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eric Mercer, Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Minneapolis, MN,email@example.com
- Hugh Miller, President and CEO, RTP Company, Winona, MN,firstname.lastname@example.org
- Timothy O’Brien, General Counsel, Pine River Capital Management LP, Minnetonka, MN
- Liz O’Neal, Chair, Crescendo Project Board, Minneapolis, MN
- Anita M. Pampusch, President, Retired, Bush Foundation, St. Paul, MN, email@example.com
- Eric H. Paulson, Excelsior, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chris Policinski , President and CEO, Land O’ Lakes, St. Paul, MN,email@example.com
- Teri E. Popp, Attorney, Wayzata, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paula J. Prahl, Long Lake, MN, email@example.com
- Gregory J. Pulles, Dorsey & Whitney,
- Judy Ranheim, President, Young People’s Symphony Concert Association, Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael M. Roos, Partner, KPMG, LLP,
- Jon W. Salveson, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Chairman, Healthcare Investment Banking Group, Piper Jaffray & Co., Minneapolis, MN, Jon.W.Salveson@PJC.com,email@example.com
- Jo Ellen Saylor, Edina, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sally Smith, CEO and President, Buffalo Wild Wings,
Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Robert Spong, New Brighton, MN
- Gordon M. Sprenger, CEO, Retired, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Chanhassen, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sara Sternberger, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra President,
- Mary S. Sumners, Managing Director, RBC Wealth Management,
Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Georgia Thompson, Minnetonka, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maxine Houghton Wallin,
Edina, MN email@example.com
- Tim Welsh, Director, McKinsey & Co.,
Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wendy Wenger Dankey, Executive Director, Wenger Foundation, Wayzata, MN, email@example.com
- John Whaley, Managing Administrative Partner, Norwest Equity Partners, Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- David S. Wichmann, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UnitedHealth Group, and President, UnitedHealth Group Operations and Technology,
Minnetonka, MN,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Wilgers, Minneapolis Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP,
Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- Paul R. Zeller,
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Imation, Oakdale, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Honorable Chris Coleman
Mayor, City of St. Paul
St. Paul, MN, email@example.com
- The Honorable Barbara A. Johnson
President, Minneapolis City Council
Minneapolis, MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Honorable Eric W. Kaler
President, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, email@example.com
- The Honorable R. T. Rybak
Mayor, City of Minneapolis,
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 Symphony||Mankato Symphony
|Alabama Symphony Orchestra||Memphis Symphony
|Albany Symphony Orchestra||Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
|Ann Arbor Symphony||Mill City Opera
|Atlanta Symphony Orchestra||Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
|Australian Chamber Orchestra||Minnesota Opera Orchestra
|Baltimore Symphony Orchestra||Nashville Symphony Orchestra
|Boise Philharmonic||National Symphony Orchestra
|Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra||New York City Ballet Orchestra
|Boston Symphony Orchestra||New York Philharmonic
|Canton Symphony||Norman Philharmonic
|Charleston Symphony||Omaha Symphony
|Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra||Orchestra Iowa
|Chicago Symphony Orchestra||Oregon Symphony Orchestra
|Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra||Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
|Cleveland Orchestra||Philadelphia Orchestra
|Colorado Symphony Orchestra||Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
|Dallas Symphony Orchestra||Quad City Symphony Orchestra
|Detroit Symphony Orchestra||Richmond Symphony
|Duluth Superior Symphony||Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
|Eugene Symphony||Russian National Orchestra
|Florida Orchestra||Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
|Grand Forks Symphony||Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
|Grant Park Symphony Orchestra||San Antonio Symphony
|Hollywood Bowl Orchestra||San Diego Symphony Orchestra
|Houston Ballet||San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
|Houston Symphony Orchestra||Sao Paulo Symphony
|Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra||Seattle Chamber Music Society
|Iris Chamber Orchestra||Seattle Opera
|Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra||Seattle Symphony Orchestra
|Kalamazoo Symphony||Sioux City Symphony
|Kansas City Symphony||SWR Stuttgart
|Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra||Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
|Los Angeles Philharmonic||Toledo Symphony
|Louisiana Philharmonic||Tonhalle Orchestra
|Louisville Orchestra||Toronto Symphony
|Lucerne Symphony Orchestra||Utah Symphony Orchestra
|Malaysian Philharmonic||World Orchestra for Peace
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.
“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 www.acme-music.com or like ACME at www.facebook.com/acmemn
The Musicians are heartbroken to announce more departures of Musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra.
Please see Musical Chairs for more information.
Last Year’s Concert Drew Nearly 4,000 Fans and Patrons
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!
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 Orchestra||Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
|Atlanta Symphony Orchestra||Nashville Symphony Orchestra
|Baltimore Symphony Orchestra||National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada
|Boston Symphony Orchestra||National Symphony Orchestra
|Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra||New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
|Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra||New Mexico Philharmonic
|Charlotte Symphony Orchestra||New York City Ballet
|Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra||New York Philharmonic
|Chicago Symphony Orchestra||North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
|Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra London
|Cleveland Orchestra||Oregon Symphony Orchestra
|Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra||Philadelphia Orchestra
|Dallas Symphony Orchestra||Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
|Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra||Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
|Detroit Symphony Orchestra||San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
|Florida Philharmonic Orchestra||San Diego Symphony Orchestra
|Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra||San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
|Grand Rapids Symphony||San Francisco Opera Orchestra
|Hawaii Symphony||San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
|Houston Symphony Orchestra||Seattle Symphony & Opera
|Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra||St. Louis Symphony
|Kansas City Symphony||St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
|Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra||Syracuse Musicians Association
|l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal||Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
|Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra||Toronto Symphony Orchestra
|Los Angeles Philharmonic||Utah Symphony Orchestra
|Louisville Orchestra||Virginia Symphony Orchestra
|Memphis Symphony Orchestra||Windsor Symphony Orchestra
|Metropolitan Opera Orchestra||Wisconsin 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.
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.