Five Minutes To Midnight On The Minnesota Orchestra Doomsday Clock

Minnesota Doomsday Clock 5min

The Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) moved another minute closer to doomsday this week in the wake of three key events: Music Director Osmo Vänskä’s publicly stated threshold for resignation, the loss of principal clarinet Burt Hara, and a commentary article authored by two members of the MOA negotiating committee which appeared in the 4/26/2013 edition of In this case, doomsday is marked by organizational collapse and subsequent liquidation bankruptcy. The …

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Such A Touching Tribute


On 5/1/2013, cellist Lynn Harrell published what has to be one of the most touching tributes to Janos Starker that have flooded the internet since news of his passing became public. Words fail to capture what Harrell accomplished in his tribute to one of the greatest musical figures of the last century. The entire field is better off for having someone of Harrell’s genteel sensibility play a regular role in elevating …

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It Looks Like A Deal, Smells Like A Deal, But…


It appears that the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) is going to pick up the shards of what’s left from the 2012/13 season. On 4/29/2013, the musicians ratified a new collective bargaining agreement but there continues to be very little love between stakeholders. The musicians came out swinging by paring the ratification announcement with a demand that the SPCO board to replace current president Dobson West and begin growing revenue. [the …

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