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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.
After eight months of denying musicians’ requests for a meeting, today the entire board finally engaged with the Musicians. Challenges can only be overcome by rebuilding trust and having a dialogue about what it takes to maintain a world-class Orchestra in a world-class arts community. As soon as management ends the lockout, we, the Musicians, will know that management is serious about maintaining a “world-class” Orchestra to open a renovated Orchestra Hall.
Dear Mr. Henson,
As the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra enter our seventh month of being locked out of our jobs without salary or benefits, we wanted to remind you, as well as the public, our audience, and MinnPost readers, of some facts regarding our “negotiations”.
Read full letter here: Dear Mr. Henson: Your lockout is the ‘barrier to negotiations’ MinnPost By Tim Zavadil, Doug Wright, Burt Hara, Tony Ross and Cathy Schubilske |
Saturday, March 23
Family-friendly performances at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will present two family-friendly performances on Saturday, March 23 in the Sanctuary of Wayzata Community Church. Enjoy a lively afternoon with selections of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bizet! Between performances, meet the musicians at a reception. These concerts are free.
Wayzata Community Church
125 Wayzata Boulevard East
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: (952) 473-8877
Boom Island Brewing Company created this special beer to support the Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra (LoMoMO). The proceeds from the sale of this beer will help to fund the educational concerts that the Musicians are currently self-producing to make up for the loss of educational concerts cancelled this season by the Minnesota Orchestral Association. The beer was named by Orchestra fan Nikki Bodurtha from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a Facebook competition. Boom Island will donate $1 from the sale of every bottle for the Musicians education fund. A special thank you to horn players Kevin and Qiuxia Welch of Boom Island Brewing for supporting music education for Minnesota’s youth during the lockout.
Find Boom Island’s LoMoMOPalooza in local
restaurants (on tap) and stores (in bottles) here
Have LoMoMoPalooza (or any of Boom Island’s fabulous brews) shipped to you here
Courtesy of South Lyndale Liquors
The following letter was sent to Jim Nobles, Office of the Legislative Auditor from 100 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
The Minnesota Orchestra is a world class performing arts organization. It adds immeasurably to the quality of life in Minnesota through its performances both at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and in school and communities across the state.
The State of Minnesota invested significantly in a fact and future of the orchestra as a world class entity. It places Minnesota on the map nationally and internationally and adds to our region and state’s economic competitiveness. In recognition of that status, the State of Minnesota invested $16 million in public monies though bonding dollars to assist in the remolding of the lobby of Orchestra Hall and provides operating funding through ongoing Legacy dollars. We now find the return on those investments threatened by the lockout of the musicians and the logjam that the orchestra management and musicians’ representatives currently find themselves in.
News reports and review of the Orchestra President Michael Henson’s 2010 legislative testimony raise questions about the Orchestra’s financial situation with the public and legislators when requesting and receiving $14 million in bonding for a new lobby on Orchestra Hall. After the House Legacy hearing of February 18, 2013, there remains concerns about the public’s investments in the state’s largest arts organization.
The request and subsequent granting of Legacy funding for the 2012-2013 biennium was contingent and assuming that there would be an Orchestral season, since the current season has not begun and is cancelled through the beginning of April, gives us pause and concerns about the state’s investment. A portion of the State Arts Board of funding is to probide educational and community concerts throughout Minnesota. We understand that the lockout has denied youth from across Minnesota exposure to the Orchestra, as well as cancellations of concerts or events in the following communities: Bemidji, Osseo, Chanhassen, Forest Lake, St. Cloud/St. Joseph, and Winona.
It is in the State of Minnesota’s interest that this lockout be resolved in the quickest possible manner. Resolution of the lockout, the securing of a new contract between management and performers will allow the Minnesota ORchestra to return to its core mission of performing and educating across the region. A quick resolution will act to assure the preservation of the current corps of Grammy-nominated musicians, as assure a return on the public’s investment in this important cultural institution, its capital needs and operating budget.
Therefore, in representation of the state’s interests and assurance of the value of and return on its investments we the undersigned members of the Minnesota legislature request that the Legislative Auditor audit the books of the Minnesota Orchestra Association, including a review of its feasibility study for the remodeling of Orchestra Hall, a review of the use of all public funds, and of testimony of Orchestra principals before legislative committees for and about securing of those funds.
MINNEAPOLIS- The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will present two “Young People’s Concerts” this Wednesday at Forest Lake High School in Washington County, MN for students at Forest Lake High School.
“One of the most devastating things about this lockout is the impact it has had on our educational concerts. The musicians feel it is vital that we do whatever we can reach as many kids as possible while this lockout continues, and we’re happy to bring music to the entire state of Minnesota again.” Principal cellist Tony Ross said.
These concerts were originally scheduled to be a part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2012-13 season, but were canceled by the Minnesota Orchestral Association when its five-month-old lockout of the musicians was extended.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
WHERE: Forest Lake High School
WHO: William Schrickel, conductor & the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (8:00)
I. Allegro con brio
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Symphony No. 41 in C major, Jupiter, K. 551 (16:00)
III. Menuetto: Allegretto IV. Molto allegro
Selections from Carmen, Suites No. 1 & 2 (18:00)
Les Toréadors (I/5) Prélude (I/1) Aragonaise (I/1a) Intermezzo (I/2)
Les dragons d’Alcala (I/4) Habañera (II/7) Danse Bohème (II/11)