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Minnesota Orchestra Announces Layoffs To Cut Costs

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You can check out free outdoor concerts on Peavey Plaza downtown in the summer during Sommerfest. (Credit: www.minnesotaorchestra.org)

You can check out free outdoor concerts on Peavey Plaza downtown in the summer during Sommerfest. (Credit: http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Orchestra has announced it is planning to cut the size of its staff to save money.

Officials with the orchestra said they are laying off nine full-time workers and seven part-time workers in the hopes of saving nearly $500,000 per year. The cuts represent 13 percent of the permanent staff, but do not affect any musicians.

Orchestra officials said the duties affected by the layoffs will be picked up by other staff members, and audience members will not notice the reductions. The orchestra announced last November that it’s facing nearly a $3 million deficit.

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