Revising History

Earlier this week, I posted a blog entry that took apart some of the local media coverage of the end of the Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute.  I assumed that would be the final word on the subject, as there are plenty of other things to blog about—and the real work of getting the Orchestra up and running again is just beginning.

I was wrong. Continue reading

An Invitation to Great Music

Alright.  I’ve posted a fair amount of criticism over the course of the Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute.  Let me shift gears for a moment, and share a story of the magic of attending a live concert.

This also has the benefit of explaining why you really, really should go the Orchestra concerts coming up.  And believe me, you have to go. Continue reading

Thoughts about the Recent Press Coverage

The Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute came to an end earlier this week, and it’s time for the healing to begin.

At such a time, I’m loath to “go negative” and upset the delicate balance that’s taking hold.  That said, there is a situation brewing that needs to be addressed, and addressed strongly.  Over the past week I’ve been severely disappointed by key elements of the local media coverage—specifically how the media has covered the labor dispute’s endgame. Continue reading

Gratitude for a New Beginning

If it somehow escaped your attention, let me be the bearer of good tidings and announce that the lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians has come to an end.  And better still, the ugly labor dispute that led to the lockout is also resolved—the musicians and the Orchestra’s management have agreed to a three-year contract that will bring great music back to our community beginning February 1.

Yipee!! Continue reading

The MOA Tries to Explain Itself Further to the City of Minneapolis

Let me catch up on something quickly.

As you may recall, the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) has found itself in a bit of hot water with the city of Minneapolis (covered in this earlier blog post).  The reasons have been many, but in short they relate to the 15-month lockout of the musicians, which has led to the cancellation of a year and a half of programming and economic chaos for downtown businesses.  But more than that, there’s a clear sense that the MOA has not been forthright in its financial dealings with the city.   The city of Minneapolis now holds the lease for Orchestra Hall, and in that authority it demanded the MOA provide an accounting of its finances and demonstrated proof that it was living up to its obligations under the lease agreement.

The MOA responded with a report submitted on December 1 that was widely derided.  To be brief, it was incredibly vague, didn’t address the city’s concerns, and was appallingly mendacious.

The city was understandably furious and immediately demanded a fuller reckoning.  The MOA did so on December 20.

If anything, this report was worse. Continue reading

Thinking about the Orchestra Dispute from a Business Management Perspective

As the Minnesota Orchestra dispute drags on, I’ve been struck with a thought.  For some time now, I’ve been documenting, analyzing and critiquing the MOA leadership’s actions in my blog.  Time and again I’ve pointed out that from my perspective, they are causing serious, long-lasting damage to the organization.

But I’ve never dug into a deeper question… why? Continue reading