Minnesota Orchestra Lockout: – A Sorry Tale Steeped in Duplicity and Dishonor

In the beginning I was prepared to give you, the directors of the MOA, the benefit of the doubt.  After all, I understand the financial perils of deficit funding.  However, you have now worsened the financial base of the Minnesota Orchestra with your duplicity and lack of ethics.  You have deprived the musicians of a living  and denied them health insurance for almost a year.

Even at this last Tuesday evenings meeting on the advice of our eminent guest, Alan Fletcher, I was in a mind to grant you some further indulgence.  Now it appears you bought thirteen domain names on GoDaddy.com such as: – “savetheminnesotaorchestra.com.”  These purchases were made May 24 of 2012.  These purchases are intended to frustrate the advocacy of citizen groups.  They are absolute proof of your lack of integrity and indicate malice aforethought.

The Minnesota Orchestra did not build its worldwide reputation in recent years.  At the dawn of the stereo era in 1958/59 I was 10-11 years old.  At that age I was already an avid music and audio enthusiast.  In those years in the UK we used to gather at the Grand Old Hotel Russell, on beautiful Russell Square in London, every April for the annual Audio Fair.  The fine recordings of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on the Mercury Living Presence label recorded by Robert Fine, were at the top of the demonstration discs.  Its reputation was worldwide then as it is now.  Now you have caused financial loss and problems across the oceans frustrating the BIS recording, and completing the Grammy nominated Sibelius symphony cycle under Osmo Vanska.  This coupled with appearances of the Orchestra at the BBC Proms and Carnegie Hall, it should comes as no surprise that the eyes of the nation and the world are on you.  A mighty chorus is rising up questioning your actions and judgement.

Worse, at the time you were drawing up your infamous plans, the musicians of our orchestra were involved with A.C.M.E to bring El Sistema to the children of North Minneapolis.  In addition to frustrating attempts to replace guns with instruments in North Minneapolis, your actions denied your organization funds from philanthropists looking for a social justice element in their donations.  This is now a big consideration in direction of philanthropic donations.  Since the chair and vice chair belong to a cadre of individuals whose collective moral turpitude and lack of probity visited untold misery on billions around the world from the events that unfolded in 2008 this comes as no surprise.

Your only recourse to salvage any personal honor, is for you all to sincerely apologize and resign.  If you think there are not competent individuals of probity and integrity to replace you, then you are additionally guilty of monumental conceit.

Your actions are far more likely than not to end in the destruction of the much beloved Minnesota Orchestra, whom you have a sacred obligation to protect and nurture.  In the event of the destruction of this Orchestra, all your names will live in infamy down the ages.


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