Citing stalled contract talks with its musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra has cancelled or rescheduled all its concert performances from Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 23. The Orchestra will be contacting ticket holders directly and offering several options, including ticket exchanges, gift certificates, refunds or donating the value of the tickets to the Orchestra as a tax-deductible donation.
In a statement, Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell said the Orchestra is very disappointed that a deal has not yet been reached with the Twin Cities Musician’s Union. Negotiations with the union began in April.
“In consideration of the needs of audiences, guest artists and our performance venue to make alternate plans for the holiday season, we feel we have no choice but to cancel performances through Dec. 23,” said Campbell in the statement. “We make this decision with heavy hearts, and once again ask our musicians to return to the negotiating table with a substantive proposal so our concert schedule can resume as soon as possible.”
Many holiday-themed programs, such as Handel’s “Messiah” and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” have been cancelled outright. Others, such as “A Scandinavian Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Doc” and “Chris Botti Christmas” have been rescheduled for the 2013 holiday season.
The Minnesota Orchestra has set up a website for ticket holders who wish to explore options for their tickets, minnesotaorchestra.org/change.