Performance Today

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Orchestras in Crisis

Minnesota Orchestra members Megan Tam, second from left, and Eugena Chang chat during a rally in Minneapolis, Minn. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Minnesota Orchestra management locked out the musicians after contract negotiations reached a stalemate.
Minnesota Orchestra members Megan Tam, second from left, and Eugena Chang chat during a rally in Minneapolis, Minn. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Minnesota Orchestra management locked out the musicians after contract negotiations reached a stalemate. MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson
13min 39sec : Leonard Slatkin - Orchestras in crisis

Currently many American orchestras are involved in bitter contract disputes leading to musician strikes, lockouts and concert cancellations. Conductor Leonard Slatkin has weathered not one, but two orchestral strikes, first at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and then at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Slatkin talks with Performance Today producer Suzanne Schaffer about how an orchestra can recover from such a schism to make great music again.