Minnesota Orchestra Cancels Six Summer Concerts As Musician Lockout Continues
The Minnesota Orchestra announced Wednesday that it is canceling six more concerts as its lockout of union musicians enters a 10th month.
Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell said in a statement:
“We have delayed cancelling these concerts as long as we possibly could with the hope we would have an agreement in place. Despite best efforts, however, we are not in that position, and regretfully, we must cancel the performances. We continue to work on finding a responsible solution that returns the musicians to our stage.”
The newly canceled performances are:
- July 20, 21: RACHMANINOFF PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3
- July 26, 27: DVOÅÃK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
- Aug. 2, 3: STRAVINSKY AND PROKOFIEV
The Orchestra locked out its musicians Oct. 1 in a contract dispute. Concerts have been canceled in piecemeal fashion as the lockout continues.
No plans for the 2013-2014 season have yet been announced. Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson said today:
“We have a full season planned, but out of respect to our subscribers and ticket buyers, we don’t intend to ask them to make further commitments until we can assure them that concerts will take place.”