Nov 02, 2012
By Scott Walker
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has canceled all performances through the end of the year.
The musicians unanimously rejected management’s latest contract offer.
Management had asked for salary cuts and a reduction in the size of the orchestra after suffering nearly a million dollar deficit last year. The musicians counter that reduced wages will see the best players leaving for better-paying jobs, damaging the orchestra’s artistic standing.
SPCO management locked out the musicians last week.
Musicians at the area’s other ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, has been locked out for a month.