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“Once-great: ruined by management”

Minnesota Orchestra
Portland, Oregon
1 review
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“Once-great: ruined by management”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been locked out for nearly a year. (They never were on strike.) For some reason, this board and management has shifted their stewardship from sustaining the actual orchestra...to sustaining the glitzy, renovated Orchestra Hall. They complained that the musicians' salaries comprise a huge chunk of the budget, and regard these fine artists (some of the finest in the country) as replaceable.
They should be ashamed of what they've done, what they're doing, who they've lost.
And MOA is now rightfully referred to as Minnesota Orchestra HALL Association.
If there's anything left after this season...go hear them. But don't donate a dime till the lockout is ended.

Visited February 2013
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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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“This is a travesty......Minneapolis should be up in arms”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

The Minnesota Symphony up until the end of the 2011-12 season a world class orchestra. It is about 50 years old. The Music Director, Vanska, has an international reputation for excellence. The Orchestra has not played a not this season because it has been locked out by the Board. Approximately 20 key players have already left for greener fields......the issue is supposedly money, although Orchestra Hall is being renovated for 10s of Millions of dollars. To put it succinctly, the Minnesota Orchestra is being destroyed..........taken apart at the seams.........and if there is a replacement orchestra sometime day in the future, it will be made up of inexperienced players looking for a beginning job. I world class city like Minneapolis deserves a word class cultural attraction.

Visited May 2013
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Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
75 attraction reviews
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“When they turn the lights back on...GO!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

An orchestra represents the best of a city. Sports teams can go through years of doldrums but a well supported orchestra can deliver excellence in a way that makes a difference in your life. Right now the Minnesota Orchestra is going through a labor dispute AND a hall upgrade. When they return, and they certainly will, Minneapolis will once again boast of one of the great orchestras in the country. The group is a MUST-HEAR.

Visited February 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“On strike now no performances”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Hopefully the strike will be settled soon. Check before you go. Building is undergoing some major construction. Check out Peavy Plaza but watch out for dealers and drunks.

Visited October 2012
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7 reviews
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“Anything but-Silent Night”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Beautiful stage. Really amazing experience. Get tickets and have the experience of live orchestra music. Christmas was the season I went. Amazing!!

Visited December 2012
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