Oct 22, 2012

By Scott Walker

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There is silence at orchestra halls in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

A lockout of musicians is now under way at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which has canceled its concerts through November 4th.

SPCO President and Chair Dobson West announced the lockout in a statement posted on the orchestra’s web site yesterday.

Dobson says the SPCO faces major financial challenges and has had to make difficult choices like many orchestras across the country. He says salary concessions from the musicians must be part of the solution.

The move means both major orchestras in the Twin Cities are now locked out. The Minnesota Orchestra canceled its first six weeks of concerts October first after the two sides failed to reach agreement.

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