The New York Times reports on the Minnesota Orchestra's recovery from the devastating labor strife that the organization's president called "near-death experience."
A lockout that silenced the orchestra for 16 months, as management and musicians battled over the causes of and solutions for financial instability, ended in January 2014. Since then the organization has balanced its budget, signed players to a contract running through 2020, and scored artistic coups such as being the first American ensemble to visit Cuba following the thaw in U.S. relations with that country.
Players and management say that while financial hurdles remain, the white-hot labor battle forged a bond between the orchestra and its audience that has kept ticket sales and fundraising strong. Musicians have been more deeply integrated into the organization's operations, serving on management committees and initiating innovate programming.