On March 3, the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) delivered a revised annual report to the City of Minneapolis, required by MOA’s Lease of Orchestra Hall from the City. They were asked to revise their initial report of December 12 in light of the January 14 contract settlement and their resulting ability to more reliably plan the rest of this Season and the 2014-2015 Season, as well as more reliably forecast contributed income. The MOA’s March 3 report can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/MOA-report-2014-03-03
On March 17, Save Our Symphony MN wrote a fourth letter to Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) Interim Executive Director Chuck Lutz, copying Mayor Betsy Hodges and City Attorney Susan Segal. Our letter analyzes MOA’s revised annual report in detail and reasserts that MOA is in Default.
In addition, we express our continuing significant concerns about MOA’s viability and its ability to comply with the terms of the Lease. We identify serious obstacles to restoring the artistic and financial health of the Minnesota Orchestra, including the apparent division on the MOA board about bringing back Osmo Vänskä as music director, the perception that the recent settlement is simply a step in a process that will continue until significant musician salary reductions are imposed, the loss of several key musicians, and a loss of good will in the community due to all these factors.
SOSMN’s March 17 letter can be found here. (This is a very large file, so it might take a bit longer to open/download): SOS Letter to City of Minneapolis CPED (03-17-2014)