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Elizabeth Erickson

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 year 22 weeks

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I know there are many people on the MOA board who love music and care about the orchestra. But to have someone as the executive board chair of a world class orchestra, who doesn't like classical music and is known to never go to concerts, is just insane. I hope going forward more care is taken by the board to appoint individuals with a working knowledge of orchestras who are proud of their product. I do think Gordon Sprenger is doing a good job. But the fact that the toxic environment...

Posted on 03/19/14 at 12:06 am in response to Clarinetist Burt Hara's exit latest fallout from Orchestra lockout

We have lost a treasure. I loved to hear Burt play and will miss his indescribably beautiful sound and wonderful smile, but wish him the very best in LA. He deserves to play where the management understands what they have. A little over a year ago, I sat in an "info session" for orchestra donors and could not believe my ears when Michael Henson nonchalantly said that Tony Ross and Burt Hara were free to leave when I asked him point blank how he expected to retain these particular...

WOW! What an incredible idea. Maybe US Bank and Wells Fargo would also be interested in contributing. Their reputations have been tarnished by the lockout and this would be a great way to improve their image and assure Minnesotans throughout the state that they do believe in supporting the arts and contributing to the quality of life in this state.

Posted on 01/22/14 at 11:43 am in response to MN Orchestra could spearhead network of neighborhood youth orchestras

These are wonderful ideas. It does sound like the writer may not be aware that the Minnesota Orchestra Musicians already have an El Sistema program in place and have done incredible work in the North Minneapolis area. During the lockout, the musicians also performed for 12 area high schools and many other members of the orchestra went into schools individually to help. All of this educational outreach was accomplished by the musicians on their own while they were without salary or benefits...

Exactly. All I've heard from the MOA for the past 16 plus months is "financially sustainable" blah blah blah. They set their bottom line in stone at the beginning of these "negotiations". They didn't care if their outrageous proposal and behavior sent our superstars packing; they didn't care how many families were split up during the year; they didn't care the rest of the music world watched in horror as they tried to drive the whole bus over the cliff. They were simply right about...

I actually do agree with you that the word "inevitable" might not have been the correct one--although I hope to God that Osmo does return. But to say that it would not be difficult to replace him---I think you are way off for a couple of reasons. I have been a Minnesota Orchestra concert goer since 1979. Each of the 3 music directors before Osmo had many fine qualities and I fell in love with the orchestra under their batons. But the audience did not have the same kind of connection with...

I think it is in the MOA's best interest, to consider how very expensive it will turn out to be to NOT have him come back.

Posted on 01/21/14 at 02:23 am in response to With Minnesota Orchestra lockout over, businesses and city tally losses

This is a great article and written with the facts available. But there is a tendency to oversimplify the equation and as such the figures for the cost of the lockout I think are much greater than what gets reported by anyone. What about every service person the musicians used before the lockout that they could not continue to pay for; how about all the shops keepers of the stores that the 80 plus musicians and the families probably have not used nearly as much for the past 16 months; what...

Posted on 01/15/14 at 12:19 am in response to Long lockout of Minnesota Orchestra musicians officially over

The lockout is finally over. Those of us who love our orchestra are overjoyed to get our orchestra back on stage. But there are a lot of battle scars; College funds have been destroyed; marriages strained; birthdays and holidays missed; beloved friends and colleagues separated; the list goes on and on. And this was all completely unnecessary. This destruction was carefully planned to inflict the maximum amount of pain onto those who simply wanted to be treated fairly and with respect....

Posted on 01/15/14 at 12:30 am in response to Long lockout of Minnesota Orchestra musicians officially over

I simply don't trust the current management to use my money wisely. They have made so many incredibly bad decisions in the past several years and as of yet, have not taken any responsibility for the mess that they alone created. I will continue to buy season tickets as I have done for 30 years. And I will continue to directly support the musicians with my donations. As long as Michael Henson is in charge, I will not give any money to the MOA. New leadership is needed for a fresh start...