Nothing But No In Minnesota

An article by Graydon Royce in the 8/15/13 edition of the Star-Tribune reports that the Minnesota Orchestra Association’s (MOA) lockout remains unchanged after recent attempts by the mutually agreed upon mediator to broker a framework for re-engaging negotiations have failed to produce results. The most recent proposals involving ending the lockout for a temporary period of four months under a play and talk arrangement were rejected by the MOA board.


The rebuffed proposal would have removed pressures related to the September 9, 2013 deadline that music director Osmo Vanska has given for resigning if the orchestra is not back to work.

These recent events add credence to growing concerns among the MOA’s patrons that the organization they once knew will be forever lost. Additional musician departures add momentum to an already speedy snowball of artistic brain drain but another report indicates that this, along with Vanska’s impending exit, is of inconsequential outcomes toward a singular goal.

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6 Responses to Nothing But No In Minnesota

  1. MaryAnn Goldstein Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    The proposal rejected by the MOA Board would have also required the musicians to submit the precious financial COUNTERPROPOSAL the MOA Board/management have been harping on since the beginning—and asap. This was reported by local station KSTP:
    For me, the fact that the MOA board refused a proposal which would have given them the one thing that supposedly has been their main sticking point for months said it all. The MOA Board has no interest in negotiating.

  2. Sarah Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    The MOA Board recommended Sen. Mitchell in the first place . . .

  3. Geo. Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Looks like the Colorado Symphony is one beneficiary of the bull-headed and mean-spirited stupidity of the MOA board, since the Colorado Symphony just elevated Andrew Litton’s title from Artistic Adviser to Music Director, as Andrew Litton is music director of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest (and has more time on his hands thanks to the MOA). Litton has kept quiet that I can tell, but frankly, it would be interesting if both Vanska and Litton stepped down from their posts in protest.

    • Drew McManus Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Very interesting observation.

      • MaryAnn Goldstein Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:53 am #

        So in addition to becoming a “farm team” orchestra for other orchestras (our musicians going to Chicago, Boston, NY PHIL, etc) , we will now become a “farm team” for conductors? Good going, MOA in keeping the MN Orchestra “world-class” institution.


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