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Minnesota Orchestra loses one more musician, maybe two

Minnesota Orchestra
Stephanie Arado

The Minnesota Orchestra has lost another musician and possibly two.

Stephanie Arado, violinist and assistant concertmaster, has resigned to take a teaching position at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Arado joined the Orchestra in 1991 and has appeared as soloist many times. She is also a member of the Bakken Trio.

In an email sent to orchestra leadership, Arado wrote, in part:

“This past season would have been my twenty-second with the orchestra. The memories I take with me are rich … My decision to undertake this career change now grew out of my sense that the institution that I have devoted my creative energy to for the past two decades — the Minnesota Orchestra — has lost its way … I leave my orchestra life with sadness as I watch this beloved and historied arts institution flounder.”

On Monday, Michael Gast, principal horn, requested a one-year leave of absence; according to the musicians’ website, he’ll go to the New York Philharmonic. Gast has been with the Orchestra since 1990 and was appointed principal horn in 2004.

Continuing our count of musicians who have left since Oct. 1, 2012, when the musicians were locked out by management over a contract dispute, 12 has now become 14.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dean Stubbe on 08/17/2013 - 11:17 am.

    Minnesota Orchestra

    Business types in charge appear to be very poor managers indeed. How much revenue has been lost by a year’s worth of cancelled concerts? In a normal business situation the board and management would be sacked. Apparently the Orchestra is run by a bunch of cronies with their own agenda.

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