St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels concerts through December 31

Posted on: November 5, 2012

In Friday’s (11/2) Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Graydon Royce reports, “The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has canceled concerts through the end of the year, it was announced Thursday by Dobson West, SPCO president. Management locked out musicians Oct. 21, and the union on Wednesday unanimously rejected the current contract proposal. ‘Knowing how far we are from an agreement, and in consideration of the needs of our audience and guest artists to plan ahead, we have made the decision to cancel concerts through December 31st,’ West wrote in an e-mail. Ticket holders for canceled concerts will be contacted and information will also be posted on the SPCO website. … Musicians have made it plain that they would rather continue to play during negotiations. Management has said it cannot afford to continue on the terms of a contract that expired June 30. The two sides are scheduled to return to the bargaining table next Thursday. A spokesperson for the musicians said they are working on a new proposal. Meanwhile, musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra rallied Thursday at Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis to mark one month since they were locked out in their contract dispute. The musicians urged management not to cancel any more concerts and return to the bargaining table. When it locked out musicians Oct. 1, management canceled concerts through Nov. 25.”

Posted November 5, 2012