Minnesota musicians give $250,000 to their orchestra

Minnesota musicians give $250,000 to their orchestra


norman lebrecht

December 03, 2015

In a sure sign that peace has broken out since the horrendous 16-month lockout, musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have donated the rest of their lockout fund to the organisation’s community outreach initiative.

The orchestra itself announced a small surplus.

Read here.

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  • William Safford says:

    This is a virtuous use for the funds.

    But I wonder if maybe the money should instead have gone to the musicians’ union, to assist the next orchestra that is locked out.

  • Amy says:

    I disagree…using the money from the dissolution of their non-profit is both a literal and powerfully symbolic gift, representing healing better than perhaps anything else they could have done.
    The lockout’s over, Pamela. Time to move on.

    • William Safford says:

      It is important to pay forward.

      The Minnesota Orchestra musicians went through a great deal in their travails.

      I did not donate to the Minnesota Orchestra musicians. Perhaps I should have.

      I did donate to the Atlanta Symphony musicians.

      There will be another lockout. It’s just a matter of time. I’m sure they will need support.

    • Pamela Brown says:

      Amy chooses to take my comment out of context. However, in doing so she has opened the door to another question…just what does happen to a band that locks out Mozart? :-0