Minn. Orchestra Lockout Continues with More Canceled Concerts

Created: 02/08/2013 12:36 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

The Minnesota Orchestra has canceled all concerts through April 7 as the lockout of musicians continues.

According to the Minnesota Orchestra, four concerts have been canceled and four have been rescheduled. All ticket holders are being contacted and will be able to either exchange tickets for a future concert or receive full refunds.

“We very much hope that following the independent analysis the musicians will put forward a
counterproposal, and we can begin the two-way negotiations that will lead to a settlement and the resumption of concerts,” said Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell.

“Realistically, we are all aware that it will take some time to complete this review, so we regrettably need to cancel further programs in consideration of the needs of our audiences, guest artists and partnering venues. If we are able to come to an agreement within a timeframe that allows us to reinstate some of these concerts, we will make every effort to do so.”

Contract talks with the musicians began in April.

The Minnesota Orchestra released the following list of information for ticket holders:

Cancelled Concerts:

Rescheduled Concerts (These programs will be presented during the 2013-14 season).

The Minnesota Orchestra Box Office will be directly in touch with concertgoers to share the following:

value of their tickets for another concert this season.
• Ticket holders may exchange their canceled tickets now to a future concert this season. All
related fees will be waived.
• Ticket holders may apply the value of their unused tickets toward a gift certificate.
• Ticket holders may consider the full face value of their unused tickets a tax-deductible
contribution to the Minnesota Orchestral Association.
• Ticket holders may request a refund for the full value of their tickets including related fees.
• For Rescheduled Concerts -- Ticket holders to rescheduled concerts may choose any of the
above options, or they may attend the rescheduled concert presented as part of the Orchestra’s
2013-14 season. Patrons will be seated in the same price section and will not incur price
increases or pay additional fees. This option will be honored through the date of the cancelled
concert. Patrons with pending reschedule dates will be contacted when a new date is secured.
Minnesota Orchestral Association Ticket Services Representatives will be available to assist with canceled/rescheduled ticket accommodations via phone at 612-371-5656.

To save time, ticket holders are encouraged to conduct ticketing activity online.