MINNEAPOLIS - Six December music programs are now cancelled and five programs are in the process of being rescheduled
for the 2013 holiday season as the dispute between the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) and its union musicians drags on.
The impacted performances run from Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 23.
- Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, November 30-December 1
- Brandenburg Concertos, December 6-8
- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, December 8
- Tonic Sol-fa, December 10
- Handel's Messiah, December 13-16
- The African Children's Choir, December 20
Rescheduled Concerts (Presented during the 2013 Holiday Season with new dates outlined below)
- Celtic Woman, December 7 - rescheduled date TBA
- Chris Botti Christmas, December 14 - rescheduled date November 29, 2013
- The Tenors, December 19 - rescheduled date TBA
- A Scandinavian Christmas, December 20 & 22 - both dates rescheduled for December 21, 2013
- Jingle Bell Doc, December 21 - rescheduled for December 20, 2013
- Jingle Bell Doc, December 23 | rescheduled for December 22, 2013
Those holding tickets for all impacted concerts are being contacted and offered a variety of ticket options
including the opportunity to exchange tickets for a future concert or receive a refund.
In Thursday's announcement orchestra officials noted that contract talks with its musicians are currently at a standstill, and maintain that union negotiators have not submitted a counterproposal to the orchestra's last contract offer.
"We are very disappointed that we are no closer to an agreement today than we were in April,"
said Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell. "In consideration of the needs of audiences, guest
artists and our performance venue to make alternate plans for the holiday season, we feel we have no
choice but to cancel performances through December 23.
The MOA's final proposal offers a total package
averaging $119,000 per year, including an average salary of $89,000plus $30,000 in benefits per musician.
The proposal also includes 10 weeks of paid vacation and up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave.
In 2011, the Minnesota Orchestra posted a $2.9 million deficit, the largest in the Orchestra's history.