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Minnesota Orchestra musicians play on, in spite of lockout

While some orchestras, such as Milwaukee, have managed to settle their contract differences and begin or continue concert seasons, others, such as Minnesota, are struggling through difficult negotiations. Watching the Minnesota Orchestra management and musicians negotiations brings to mind the NHL. As their standoff continues, bitter feelings will continue long after a settlement is reached. Music lovers, like hockey fans, will find other sources of entertainment and could be tough to lure back. Highly-respected conductor Edo de Waart, who conducted this orchestra for nine years, returned to Minnesota to conduct concerts organized by musicians determined to perform.  De Waart said the proposal offered to the Minnesota musicians cuts too deeply. "I'm not saying givebacks of any sort would destroy the orchestra, but it's such a one-way street." Read Minnesota Orchestra performs in an overture of solidarity (Star Tribune)