- Let’s have a substantive, inclusive discussion about the future of the 110 year-old Minnesota Orchestra, which belongs to all of us. In the meantime, both Ron Eibensteiner and I say to Richard Davis---resign!
- Minnesota Orchestra Locked Out by Corporate CEOs
- When orchestra players leave, it's usually for a better post, not a lateral move
Maryann Goldstein, Minnesota 2020
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August 13, 2013 | Should Twin Citians be grateful for U.S. Bank CEO/President Richard K. Davis’ service on the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) Board? I recently had the unexpected opportunity to debate this question with Minnesota businessman and former conservative political leader Ron Eibensteiner during the Young Musicians of Minnesota’s (YMM), flash mob performance in late July. The group held the impromptu concert in front of U.S. Bancorp headquarters on Nicollet Mall, protesting Mr. Davis’ key role in the now 10-month-old lockout of Minnesota Orchestra Musicians by the MOA.
Mr. Eibensteiner stopped to chat while I was handing out flyers. He said Davis is a friend who volunteers his time and money generously to the Minnesota Orchestra and that protestors were ungrateful. Furthermore, Eibensteiner said he told Davis and the rest of the MOA Board to resign because they are not appreciated!
Minnesota Orchestra Locked Out by Corporate CEOs, Sam Pizzigati, Campaign For America's Future
When orchestra players leave, it's usually for a better post, not a lateral move, Rolf Erdahl, MinnPost
McGuire said he started to feel uneasy long before the orchestra made its first contract offer this past spring. "There was this kind of 'the bully's going to meet you at lunchtime' feeling for at least a year and a half." ... "You say I'm much less valuable than I have been, and what choice do I have but to prove that's not the case?" he said. "A 42 percent cut — would you not look for work the next day?" ... McGuire said he doesn't want to stay with an orchestra he feels is moving in the wrong direction.