KAALtv.com

SPCO Cancels Concerts Through March 23

Posted at: 01/18/2013 10:41 AM
Updated at: 01/18/2013 12:01 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has canceled all concerts through March 23 as the lockout of musicians continues.

SPCO President Dobson West said in a statement Thursday that musicians and management held off-the-record discussions earlier this month but reached no agreement.

Negotiators for the musicians then said they have decided not to honor a media blackout requested by a federal mediator, though they're ready and willing to keep talking.

Musicians negotiator Lynn Erickson says the SPCO management has been unwilling to compromise on several issues that are important to the musicians, and that money isn't the main issue.

Musicians at both the SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra have been locked out in separate contract disputes since October.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)