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Maryann Goldstein

Edina, Minnesota
Commenter for
1 year 42 weeks

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Posted on 12/18/13 at 09:37 pm in response to Tough city letter asks MOA to detail its 2014 Orchestra Hall plans

Well then, I suppose that's something-- as I recall, when the remodeled Hall opened, General Manager Neu stated that they expected around 200K a year from rentals (which seemed like a very low ROI for the 52million dollars the MOA spent on the renovation... ) While that's better than nothing, I suppose, these rentals seem to have very little to do with an orchestra or an "Orchestra Hall" or a performing arts venue---and most importantly, the city's requirements for the MOA in the lease...

Indeed. Those of us who have been carefully been watching the MN Orchestra lockout debacle learned this lesson a long time ago from Minnesota Orchestra Association President/CEO Michael Henson...

Remember this one from Mr. Henson's January 2010 legislative testimony for that $14million in state bonding money for the Hall lobby renovation re: the state of the Minnesota Orchestral Association finances, "On the financial front, we have announced balanced budgets over the last three...

Posted on 08/27/13 at 12:31 pm in response to Distress signals: SOS groups form for Minnesota Orchestra, Vänskä

Mr. Phalen, Sen. Mitchell was chosen by the MOA not the musicians. (http://kstp.com/kstpImages/repository/cs/files/doc.pdf). It would be very distressing indeed for the MOA to thwart efforts to come to a resolution using the mediator that they themselves chose. Unfortunately, at this time this situation certainly seems to be the case.

You are...

Posted on 08/24/13 at 07:03 am in response to Board's obligation is to protect and nurture the Minnesota Orchestra

It is not true that musicians' salaries and benefits are responsible for "most" of the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) expenses. According to the MOA website, orchestra musicians are responsible for 48% of costs. This is far below other orchestral organizations, where the musicians costs are 60% and higher, which is what one would expect when the main product of the organization is ORCHESTRAL MUSIC---unless you don't have any intention of focusing on orchestral music. And in fact...

Posted on 06/11/13 at 05:08 pm in response to Some in MNO 'exodus' took leaves or left before lockout

I just have to second everything Emily said re: the MN Orchestra situation and players already gone or leaving. She certainly filled the holes in Ms. Saarela's letter.

I'm sure that the MOA thinks the public will hang onto every word it says because responses to our questions are so very, very rare. However, the MOA's credibility is in the sewer. By now, almost everyone knows that it is prudent to read between the lines and pay attention to what is NOT said. Surely the MOA...

Emily, thank you for raising these very important and pertinent questions. If the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) wants to frame the contract dispute with the locked out Musicians as only about finances, well then, bring it on! ALL the stakeholders in the Minnesota Orchestra (and this includes the MOA Board, in addition to the orchestra musicians, the patrons, the donors, and the State Legislature) ought to be asking these questions and paying very close attention to the answers to...

Ms. Kruger, am very happy to hear that financial concerns are not behind the MYS inability to play in Orchestra Hall next year. On the other hand, while I do not doubt your claim that the MOA tells you that the dates you would like for the MYS concerts are unavailable, I find this highly unusual. You have been able to find dates to play in Orchestra Hall for quite some time in the past, but NOW, and especially when there are no classical music programs publicly scheduled (or if there are,...

So many of the comments above are right on.

To anyone who has watched this debacle unfold over the last few months, it is clear that the the current MOA has not and will NEVER take any responsibility for what is happening, make any attempts to tell the truth (or illuminate the truth behind their positions) to the public, or negotiate in good faith with the musicians.

Of course the recession caused financial problems---but this dispute goes far beyond the current financial...

Posted on 04/16/13 at 04:22 pm in response to Dear Mr. Henson: Your lockout is the 'barrier to negotiations'

One win-win would be to allow the musicians to play the last few remaining concerts of the 2012-13 season while negotiations continue. The musicians would regain some trust in the MOA (who now look increasingly untruthful about prior intentions to lockout the orchestra for the entire season), the MOA would gain some good will (the Board complains all the time about how they are vilified), and the public would benefit. This single act ought not to break the MOA's bank and could go miles in...

If you are, like I am, and a person who values the arts/artists in our society, please sign my petition to get the remaining 2012-13 Minnesota Orchestra Season resumed. This would be a first step in bringing back some trust (to the patrons and music lovers who have been locked out, to the Mpls businesses that have been losing business, to the musicians who don't believe anything the Minnesota Orchestral Association says, and to the Minnesota Orchestral Association, who could really use...