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New organization for the locked-out MO players a possibility? SD reply…

Agreed. One of the suggestions the players have made is that they create a new organization. That would, of course, be challenging, but surely not impossible.

They might want to keep “Minnesota” out of the new name.



What sort of future for MO players re change of management? SD reply…

If I were in the shoes of the MO players I would never trust anyone in their management again, no matter who they are. Even if the Board replaces Henson, Davis and Campbell, there is no assurance, unless the players get to choose them, that they will have any focus other than the nebulous concept of keeping the ‘organization’ viable (as though it doesn’t even have human components).

The MOA seems to think it will have its pick of starving but brilliant young graduates of the best schools, with which they can ‘plug-and-play’ their way to a ‘younger and better’ orchestra. This sort of thinking is, of course, sheer insanity; but then, so is the prolonged agony of this lockout.


What if the locked-out Minnesota Orchestra players were to start a new orchestra…SD reply…

Were they to do that, they would have to choose a business model to follow, and involve themselves in the restructuring of the organization to prevent an all-out war, such as what has happened at the MO.  Ironically, they might be better off using a model similar to the Berlin Phil prior to its becoming the Reichorchester, when it was run by the mambers.  This was not very profitable, however; but it may well be that the sympathy given to the manner in which the players of the MO have been treated could result in tearing away some of the primary donors of the MO to a new organization, thus giving them enough stability to develop a significant endowment.  At any rate, they would be wise to think outside of the box and try something new, imo….