If you missed our Community Meeting, you can see our video presentation Keeping the Music Alive – The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra with highlights of our past year of concerts and events. We thank everyone, near and far, for helping us to keep the music alive!
We are very excited to share the great news that the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and our former Music Director Osmo Vänksä have received our second Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance in as many years for our recording of Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, produced and recorded by BIS Records (Star Tribune review by Larry Fuchsberg).
We will have a limited number of the recording for sale at our Classical Concert for the Holidays: A Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium on December 14th and 15th. The SACD is available at HBDirect.
High resolution downloads are also available at eClassical.
We were delighted to have been nominated last year for the recordings of Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5, and were honored that our celebrated recording of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, also under the BIS label, was previously nominated.
For our last Grammy nomination, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Judy Dayton graciously invited the Musicians and Osmo Vänskä to perform a concert of the nominated works as a Community Celebration. The sold-out concert turned out to be a huge success.
We also congratulate the musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for their nomination in the Best Classical Vocal Solo category for their collaboration with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for their recording of Maria Schnedier’s Winter Morning Walks.
The Grammy Awards this year will be held on January 26th, 2014 in Los Angeles.
The nominees for the Best Orchestral Performance category are:
- Atterberg: “Orchestral Works Vol. 1,” Neeme Järvi, conductor (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) [Chandos]
- Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Track from: “Lutoslawski: The Symphonies” [Sony Classical]
- Schumann: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Manfred & Genoveva, Claudio Abbado, conductor (Orchestra Mozart) [Deutsche Grammophon]
- Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra) [BIS Records]
- Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker) [EMI Classics]
We thank the Grammys for their consideration!
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.
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|
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.
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