Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will once again take the podium to conduct the Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Thursday, April 25th. The concert will be held at The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University.
Principal Clarinetist Burt Hara will be the featured artist, playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Maestro Skrowaczewski, a world-renowned Bruckner specialist, will lead the orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat, Romantic.
At one time, The O’Shaughnessy was the St Paul home of the Minnesota Orchestra, which held weekly performances there under then-Music Director Skrowaczewski. The April 25th performance will be a long-overdue homecoming for conductor, musicians and concertgoers. We look forward to greeting all our fans and friends on what is sure to be a memorable evening in St. Paul!
WHEN: 7:30 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2013
TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased in person, by phone or online from The O’Shaughnessy Box Office. Ticket prices will be $20, $40, $60; and $150 for a limited number of premium tickets that include premium seating, a pre-concert reception with the musicians, and a special gift.
Management’s lockout and lack of a realistic offer continues to damage our community’s reputation as a leader in the arts.
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are heartbroken to announce the loss of more of our amazing and talented colleagues. We congratulate them on their new positions, and thank them for sharing their abilities with our orchestra and our community. We wish them well in their musical journey ahead. They will be deeply missed.
Musicians who have left:
Gina DiBello, Principal Second Violin since 2008, has won a section violin position with the Chicago Symphony. Highlights of Gina’s career with the Minnesota Orchestra have included solo performances of Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Andrew Litton conducting. Known for her gentle leadership and lyrical playing, Gina was previously a member of the Detroit Symphony and is married to percussionist, Ian Ding.
Violist Kenneth Freed will move to Seattle this summer with his wife, Gwendolyn Freed. While continuing his position as the Music Director of the Mankato Symphony, Ken will take this opportunity to pursue new career options. Both Ken and Gwen have been significant leaders in our community, in both arts and education. In addition to his contributions to the Mankato community, Ken was the Founder and Board Chair of the Minneapolis non-profit, Learning Through Music. Other board service included the Yale Alumni Association of the North West, St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, the McNally Smith College of Music Foundation and the American Composer’s Forum. Ken played 2nd violin in the McKnight-winning Rosalyra String Quartet. Gwen served as the Executive Director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Vice President for Marketing and Communication for Gustavus Adolphus College, and most recently as the Executive Director of Wallin Education Partners.
Matthew Young has been granted tenure for his position as violist with the San Francisco Symphony and has resigned from the Minnesota Orchestra. A winner of the Grand Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and as a recipient of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Matt visited many Minnesota and Wisconsin public schools, teaching and talking about his love for music and the Minnesota Orchestra.
First Associate Concertmaster Sarah Kwak has assumed the post of Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and has resigned from the Minnesota Orchestra. She served as the acting concertmaster for two seasons and performed numerous lauded solo works with the Minnesota Orchestra. Sarah has also performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and was awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship as a member of the Rosalyra String Quartet.
Vali Phillips served the Minnesota Orchestra as Principal Second Violin for eleven seasons before joining the first violin section. Vali was featured as soloist on many occasions, including performances of the Bruch First Violin Concerto, the Dvorak Romance, and Bach Double Violin Concerto. He has resigned from the Minnesota Orchestra and has joined his wife, Sarah Kwak, in the first violin section of the Oregon Symphony.
First Violinist Peter McGuire has begun his position as Second Concertmaster with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, under the direction of David Zinman. Solo performances with our orchestra included works by Kreisler, Massenet, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. A native Minnesotan, Peter moved with his family to Switzerland in February.
Cellist Pitnarry Shin will move to New York with her husband, Kyu-Young Kim, who is leaving his position as Principal Second Violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to join the New York Philharmonic. A Fulbright winner and accomplished chamber musician, Pitnarry has the unusual distinction of having won two national auditions for the prestigious cello section of the Minnesota Orchestra; when she first joined the orchestra in 2001 and when she returned as a member in 2012. Pitnarry and Kyu had planned to raise their two young children in Minnesota.
As the Musicians and legislators continue to wait on a full-disclosure of the financial status of the Orchestra, most Musicians are continuing to find work in other orchestras throughout the world.
“It has been nearly one year, and management still has not shared all of the financial information we have requested. Endless delay followed by regular canceling of entire blocks of concerts cause us to suspect they never wanted a season. Now, of course, 100 legislators are asking those kinds of questions as well,” Tim Zavadil chair of the Musicians negotiating committee and clarinetist.
The Musicians have offered binding arbitration to the board and management as well as three other counter proposals to try to break the stalemate created by management’s October 1st, 2012 lockout of the “world’s greatest orchestra”.
“Perhaps the Henson scheme to move the Minnesota Orchestra out of the Top 10 to a regional minor league Orchestra is acceptable to the Board,” Zavadil said. “We know it’s not what Minneapolis leaders want, and is totally unacceptable to our dedicated fans.”
While each side has agreed to the independent financial analysis, the scope and depth of the review will now be explored by outside parties. The Musicians have been trying to come to an agreement since January with management about which outside party will conduct the joint-independent financial analysis. The Musicians first asked for the joint-independent financial in August 2012 and management finally agreed to discuss the agreement in January 2013.
Meanwhile, on March 7th, 100 legislators wrote to Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles:
“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.”
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.
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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)
Members of the House Legacy Committee yesterday delivered hard-hitting questions of Minnesota Orchestra CEO Michael Henson about the finances of the Orchestra and use of state tax dollars for bonding and Legacy funds.
“This seems like a cold-description of a balance sheet. It haunts me,” said Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL). “It seems convenient that the lockout corresponds with the construction project.”
“This seems the opposite of preservation of the arts, it seems as if it is the destruction of the arts,” Hausman said. Hausman is the chair of the Capital Investment Committee in charge of bonding projects.
“I see the Ohio orchestra is attracting record audiences,” said Rep. Joe McDonald (R). “So it seems as though other areas of the country are finding creative ways to make this work.”
Multiple times during his testimony, CEO Henson said he would like to “speedily” resolve the situation with the Musicians.
Henson’s testimony contradicts his actions since August.
- The Musicians first proposed a “joint-independent financial analysis” in August. Management initially rejected the request and only agreed in principle in January to the analysis.
- Management recently cited the time it would take for the joint independent study as the reason for cancelling concerts into April.
- Management has rejected three requests by the Musicians to address the full board of directors since August.
- Management rejected four proposals from the Musicians including binding arbitration.
“For the past four seasons a number of weeks have been left unscheduled. Musicians asked the management to schedule outreach and education concerts, offering specific ideas,” Orchestra violinist Catherine Schubilske testified.
“The answer was no. Essentially these were weeks where the musicians were paid to stay home and no concerts were produced. An estimated $2M was wasted on these unused services,” Schubilske said.
The Minnesota Legislature continues to examine the actions of the Minnesota Orchestra Management including two hearings calling CEO Henson to testify regarding the lockout, and most recently the use of Legacy funds.
Other legislative concerns include:
- Henson misleading the Minnesota Legislature about the orchestra’s finances during his testimony in favor of the orchestra’s bonding request. LISTEN: http://bit.ly/UUu3W7
- The revelations in the Star Tribune story of Monday, November 26th, 2012 which revealed that Henson’s strategy was to show “balanced” budgets when requesting state bonding funds, but show large “deficits” at the time of labor negotiations . STORY: http://bit.ly/Teh0MX MINUTES: http://bit.ly/QJqvse
House Legacy committee chair, Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL) said the that Legacy Committee would likely meet again to discuss other options related to funding of the Orchestra. Henson left the committee without answering further questions from legislators or the media.
The Musicians issued a unanimous, secret-ballot “no confidence” vote on Henson in December.
MINNEAPOLIS – One week ago, the management illustrated that they have no interest in trying to overcome the crisis they have created. They gave the cold shoulder to Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Orchestra’s greatest benefactor Judy Dayton when these leaders asked Musicians and Management to set aside their differences for the Grammy celebration concert.
While continuing to build the $52 million Orchestra Hall lobby, with $14 million coming from taxpayer dollars, this latest set of cancellations through April 7, includes 10 Young People’s Concerts, as well as a week-long residency serving the community of Bemidji. Through these cancellations, Management has taken another step toward throwing away the entire Orchestra season, leading us to ask, “Was this the plan all along?”
Management has lobbied for and received nearly $1 million in state support for music education and outreach, and this latest round of cancellations brings the total number of lost Education concerts to 18. If Orchestra Management fails to keep its commitment to the community by continuing to cancel education and outreach concerts, we ask “Will taxpayers demand a refund?”
By cancelling these concerts, Orchestra Management has further eroded the public trust, already shaken by the legislative investigation into the misleading statements of Michael Henson when he requested state bonding money to help fund the lobby renovation.
We again call for Management to fulfill its commitment to the community and the taxpayers, by ending the 5 month lockout and reinstating these concerts.
Beer currently in production and we need a name PRONTO!
Boom Island Brewing Company will be releasing a new Belgian-style beer as a gesture of support to the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. The Musicians would like to thank Kevin & Qiuxia Welch, a couple who are both freelance horn players and have recently started their award-winning Boom Island Brewery, for this special offer! They will donate $1 per bottle from the sale of this specially-created brew to the Musicians. The beer will possibly be on tap at local establishments as well (more details to come as they develop).
“Support-the-Musicians-Beer” needs a name worthy of this unique and welcome tribute. The contest prizes include:a Sibelius CD (yes, the hard to find Grammy Nominated CD!), a Support the Musicians T-Shirt and/or a Boom Island T-shirt and a sample pack of Boom Island’s Belgian-style beers.
Contestants should send their entires to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include: Beer Name Entry, Your name,Your email & Your phone number. Deadline for entries is Midnight on January 30, 2013. The Judges will make a decision based on entry time and date in the case of duplicates. You may enter more than once, with a limit of three times. LoMoMO, spouses & family, and employees of Boom Island are not permitted to enter.
Details of the special brew:
Color: Very Light Copper
Flavor: Moderate to Assertive Hop Bitterness with slight clove-like esters
Mouthfeel: Light and Crisp with a dry finish
Approx 6% ABV
Brewmaster Kevin says, “Let’s raise a glass and get the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians back on the concert stage! Cheers!”