Updated: 01/24/2014 6:59 PM KSTP.com By: Tom Hauser
The Minnesota Orchestra is back in business and they're hoping patrons will come back, too. After a 15-month lockout of musicians in a contract dispute, the orchestra announced a 39-concert schedule that will run from February through July.
Orchestra management knows they have work to do to win back former patrons and attract new ones.
"These days anytime you're promoting anything you have to go an extra mile because the Twin Cities has such a wealth of opportunities," says Robert Neu, the vice president and general manager of the Minnesota Orchestra.
The orchestra still hasn't revealed how much the lockout cost, but they do acknowledge they had no revenue coming in for 15 months while some expenses continued.
"We had to maintain the hall so that it would be in good shape," Neu says. "We kept a small staff so we'd be ready to be up and running. There were also things like unemployment insurance and things of that sort to keep going."
The new season will begin Feb. 20 with a classical music concert featuring selections from Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.