Chicago Symphony Orchestra president comments on MN orchestra lockouts

The ongoing lockouts of the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra haven’t escaped national notice. In an appearance at the City Club of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra president Deborah Rutter was asked to comment on the situation in Minnesota. At her most diplomatic, Rutter ascribes the problems to a disconnect between management and musicians. But she also pointedly criticizes the idea that artistic decisions should be secondary to financial considerations. The video was posted by Fluence Media, which has done work representing the Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Amy Adams on 03/28/2013 - 05:50 pm.

    I truly hope the Minnesota Orchestra board is listening…

    and responds with action. It is their orchestra. They don’t have to stand by and watch it being dismantled.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/28/2013 - 07:23 pm.

    The question is

    whether the size of an orchestra and the pay of the musicians is an artistic decision.
    Those are the big issues.

  3. Submitted by Amy Adams on 04/01/2013 - 02:08 pm.

    Recording projects

    The continued recording project of the six Sibelius symphonies is at risk, too – the 3rd and 6th are to be performed at the end of the season, though no one is seriously expecting anything but cancellations. Four consecutive performances, with MO’s own great and familiar ensemble built with care over the years, under Osmo’s baton, finishing an important cycle which has been received to much acclaim, thus far. Oh, and this same ensemble is to take the series to Carnegie Hall, too.

    Now. What are the odds that any of the above will take place, or at the expected success level of the past? How many more players are falling away right now? Even if they all came back today, can the board comprehend how far they set back their work? I know that Jon Campbell doesn’t comprehend one set of players next to another…he claimed last fall that the country’s got some kind of bumper crop of fresh young talent just waiting, eager and grateful, to take one of these seats.

    You know, not attending concerts really affects one’s knowledge about the industry.

  4. Submitted by David Anger on 04/04/2013 - 10:07 pm.

    Resign, Resign, Resign

    When the will the Mayor and Governor call on Michael Henson, the President & CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, to resign? It is time. This strike is a national embarrassment. Each day the strike continues Minneapolis becomes Omaha. Pull up your socks Twin Cities and let the music resume.

    • Submitted by Amy Adams on 04/23/2013 - 03:18 pm.

      Lockout…not strike…but you’re right about the rest

      I can’t comprehend how Henson could remain there after this. The orchestra musicians that remain get to live with what he (and Jon Campbell, and Richard Davis, and all complicit board members standing passively by) …ruined.
      It’s so important to know what you’re supporting with your money. Your money doesn’t bring expertise with it, even if you have lots of it, and even if people really want it from you. They don’t know what they’ve done.

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