The Ever Slow Death of Another Great Orchestra

SPCO lockout: Labor Board complaint filed February 19, 2013:

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the American Federation of Musicians has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The national union negotiates agreements over online use for orchestras it represents. AFM President Ray Hair said the union-made the complaint because it alleges the SPCO management has not supplied information about performances it intends to make available online.

More Bad News:

kyKim1511_lib_fit200x333Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Second Principal Violin Kyu-Young Kim revealed today he is leaving to join the New York Philharmonic.

Locked out musicians at both the SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra have been predicting for months that players would leave. Clarinetist Tim Paradise quit the SPCO in September. However this appears to be the first departure from the SPCO as a result of the lock out.

 

Music is NOT a luxury; it is a NECESSITY!

ImageThe future looks bleak for several orchestras across the U.S.  Some of the best Orchestra around are on the verge of extinction.

Players from the Atlanta Symphony OrchestraIndianapolis Symphony OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are all being asked to make do with less. If contractual agreements are not reached soon, there may be empty stages across America.

We are talking about people here; musicians who have spent most of their lives in a small 8 by 8 room practicing for hours so they could be the best, and this is what we offer them.

Music is NOT a luxury; it is a NECESSITY for ourselves, our children, our country and our culture.

Our nation’s orchestras are ranked as the world’s best!

What do you think these men and women will do with “less”?

How will they feed their families, pay the mortgage, clothe their kids?

Shame on all of us for what we have done!