To the MOA Board,
Yet another public plea to work it out. Let me say that again, a public plea … one of thousands across the state (and abroad). The public that pays state taxes that go to our performing arts and ongoing improvement/renovation therein.
Compromise is what it is; it favors no side and is what should be expected during a negotiation. Disappointing would not begin to explain the feeling, emotion and fallout from letting go of such an important cornerstone in our local culture. We don’t have a long history in our state/country, quite young in the grand scheme of things. The Minnesota Orchestra does not only represent our great state, it represents the United States on international stages. Living in London, when discussing where I originated, a consistent response to ‘Minneapolis, Minnesota’ was, “Oh yes, the Orchestra from the Proms …”
Hopefully, logical minds prevail and the Orchestra lives on, instead of an entry in our history books noting an end. The ‘pros’ certainly outweigh the ‘cons’ of getting the compromise finalized. I stand by our musicians who have already taken the difficult step in compromising, as well as piecing together work outside of our state and city economy.
I look forward to celebrating the end of the lock-out, the beginning of the Fall season, and beyond …