Minnesota Orchestra musicians add a second Vanska concert in May

Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday announced a second concert in May under the baton of former Music Director Osmo Vanska at the Northrop Auditorium.

The concert at 2 p.m.on Sunday May 4, will present the same "Echoes of History" program to be performed May 2. It consists of pieces by Wagner, Dvorak, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky.

That first concert sold out in 48 hours. Tickets for the May 4 concert will go on sale on Dec. 16 at noon.

Meanwhile, the musicians are preparing for a community meeting on Monday morning where they say they will present a progress report and a new mission statement.

The event at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis comes two days before the Minnesota Orchestra Association, the orchestra's parent organization holds its annual meeting where it will reveal its financial figures for the last fiscal year.

Management locked out the musicians Oct. 1 2012, after musicians rejected a contract proposal including large pay cuts which management said were necessary to keep the organization viable. Both sides have since claimed the other is refusing to bargain.

Vanska resigned on Oct. 1 after the lockout resulted in the cancellation of two Carnegie Hall concerts he considered vital in the development of the orchestra.  There are no negotiations currently scheduled.

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