Sep 25, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Talks are continuing at a feverish pace as the deadline approaches to end a lockout at the Minnesota Orchestra that has been going on for almost a year.

Both sides are continuing to negotiate with former US Senate majority leader George Mitchell, who’s acting as a mediator.

The orchestra made an offer on September 14th, but an orchestra spokesperson says it was essentially the same as an earlier deal the musicians had rejected. That deal had called for a salary cut of 25 per cent.

The official orchestra position is that it has no more money. But private talks are underway between individual board members and musicians. And other board members are said to be appealing to donors for bridge financing.

Maestro Osmo Vanska has said the orchestra needs to begin rehearsing on Monday for a set of November dates at Carnegie Hall. Otherwise, he will resign.


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