Minn. Orchestra Lockout Continues Despite Deadline

Updated: 09/27/2013 4:30 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste



Sunday's deadline has come and gone, and there's still no deal for the Minnesota Orchestra.

Management hoped it would have a deal to end the nearly yearlong lockout. Both the management and the musicians are still negotiating.

The conductor said missing Sunday's deadline would mean the orchestra's November performance at Carnegie Hall is in jeopardy.

The musicians held a free community concert Sunday at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. According to a news release, they held the concert to “Thank the community for their support of world-class classical music.” They also invited the board of directors to the concert. The concert began at 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, Orchestra Hall opened its doors Friday for a sneak peak into its newly remodeled building.

The $50 million renovation, which started in June of 2012, reached completion last month, according to the Minnesota Orchestra. Public and private contributions helped pay for the project.

Renovations include a lobby that doubled in size, new meeting rooms, improved acoustics in the hall, upgrades and additions to seating and new backstage amenities.