Message of Support from the Musicians of the Chicago Symphony

Minnesota Orchestra violinist Peter McGuire and contrabassoonist Norbert Nielubowski, who were substitute musicians with the CSO for the concerts with Osmo Vänskä, help distribute leaflets to CSO audiences.

This past weekend our music director, Osmo Vänskä, conducted concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Osmo was available to conduct these concerts due to the two-month lockout of the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra imposed by the Association.

Our colleagues at the CSO wrote a message of support which they distributed to audience members attending the concerts. We would like to extend our deepest appreciation for their advocacy during this time. Click here to view their message.

Gala Concert – SOLD OUT- Thank You!

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra wish to express our resounding gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all our supporters and fans who made the Gala Concert with Maestro Skrowaczewski a fantastic success! This powerful and momentous event was a reminder of the special rapport that exists when audiences and musicians come together. We are moved and grateful that you could all be a part of this historic moment for the Minnesota Orchestra. Your cheers and support warmed our hearts. THANK YOU for sharing the evening with us and thank you for listening.

We have heard from many people who would like to purchase t-shirts and buttons. We sold out of our inventory at the concert, but will have more available for purchase soon! Please sign up for our newsletter to receive an update when these are available.

Coverage of the Gala Concert in the Press:

Concert Review by Larry Fuchsberg
Article by Graydon Royce and video of concertgoer’s opinions and reactions
Star Tribune photo gallery of the concert
Concert Review by Pamela Espeland
Concert Review by Rob Hubbard 

Gala Concert – October 18 ~ SOLD-OUT!

We Invite You to a Gala Concert!

Please join the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra for:

the Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:30 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Tony Ross, cello

Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Opus 104
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47

This concert replaces the opening night concerts that were cancelled by the Minnesota Orchestral Association along with the majority of the fall season. The concert will be a celebration of the 110-year legacy of world-class artistry our community has built and supported in the Minnesota Orchestra.


Minneapolis StarTribune Letter to the Editor, October 6, 2012

As former music directors of the Minnesota Orchestra, we came to the state because we believe that it wants and deserves to have a world-class orchestra.

We are proud of the cultural gem we have built, with the musicians, for more than half a century. It required long and careful work to assemble a championship team, person by person, always building on a vision of superb music-making.

This legacy can be swiftly destroyed, a tragedy not only for lovers of great music, but for the cultural soul and significance of the region.

An orchestra does not recover easily, from such drastic cuts, if ever. We urge the Minnesota Orchestral Association to do everything in its power to preserve this longstanding jewel.


Thank You from the Musicians

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been overwhelmed by the response and support from our community. We are deeply grateful.

We thank you for following this story – reading our website, following us on Facebook, letter/email writing, posting, sharing our video, petition signing, volunteering and sending us words of encouragement.

We have heard from many supporters that they would like to aid the efforts of the Musicians with a direct financial contribution during the lockout. Please see  “Donate”  or “How You Can Help” for further information.

With your support, we will preserve the artistic excellence and great traditions of the Minnesota Orchestra for our community and future generations.

Musicians to Hold Concerts for Ticket holders and the Public

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra would like to announce that we are planning a series of concerts in response to support from donors and fans. We hope to honor Minnesota Orchestral Association tickets for the Season Opening concerts, although the details of that arrangement have yet to be worked out. (update: we regret that we determined it would not be feasible logistically to be able to honor tickets to cancelled Minnesota Orchestra Association concerts. Patrons may still request a refund or exchange through the Association) We will announce the dates as soon as we secure the venues.

“It is very clear to us from the public and our audience that they would like us to play this fall,” Tony Ross, principal cello player and member of the negotiating committee said.  “We are saddened that instead of talking and negotiating in good faith that the Management decided to cancel concerts.”

Ever since we learned that the Orchestra Management cancelled concerts scheduled at the Minneapolis Convention Center, we have inquired about utilizing the dates the Association had previously scheduled.

“The Musicians are unified in their decision to “Play and Talk,” Ross said. “As Musicians are being recruited to take other orchestral assignments around the country, we are confident that the vast majority of our Musicians will play these dates.”

We feel that it is important that the public be aware of our intention, so that they can alert the Association what they plan to do with their tickets or subscriptions.

Please save the dates as soon as we announce the concerts!

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra Respond to Concert Cancellations

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra express our deepest regret to our loyal audience members that the Association has cancelled all concerts through November 25th. On Saturday, we unanimously passed a motion to “play and talk” while an agreement could be reached so that the music would not stop.

Unlike other event cancellations, the Association is not automatically refunding money to ticket holders.

Today we renew our call for a joint, independent financial analysis of the Association’s finances. We remain deeply concerned about discrepancies in management’s financial reports and find it disturbing that they would lock-out the musicians and cancel concerts rather than undergo a transparent and independent analysis of the Association’s finances. We ask, “What more is Michael Henson hiding?”


Despite multiple requests, the Orchestra Management and Board have failed to provide a copy of the approved 2012-13 budget to the Musicians.

The Management and Board have not provided any audited financial information to the Musicians more recent than August 2011.

In September, the Association touted they had raised $97 million in the Building for the Future campaign, including $14 million in taxpayer funding for the $50 million lobby renovation project.