ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A lockout of musicians is now under way at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which has canceled its concerts through Nov. 4.
SPCO President and Chair Dobson West announced the lockout in a statement posted on the orchestra’s web site Sunday.READ MORE: Minneapolis North H.S. Principal Will Now Finish School Year
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.READ MORE: Jif Peanut Butter Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns (CBS News)
Ticket holders for canceled concerts will be receiving emails about their options, including exchanges and refunds.MORE NEWS: Buffalo Clinic Shooting: Opening Statements Begin Monday In Gregory Ulrich Trial
The move means both major orchestras in the Twin Cities are now locked out. The Minnesota Orchestra canceled its first six weeks of concerts Oct. 1 after the two sides failed to reach agreement.