COMMUNITY VOICES | We want our Minnesota Orchestra back

The administration of the Minnesota Orchestra should be ashamed of their cold, calculated, and malicious lockout of the musicians. It is quite obvious that the board of directors never intended to engage in open and fair negotiations with the musicians. It is very clear that the goal was to break the musicians’ union on both a local and national level, with the assistance of other gluttonous corporate leaders, who don’t give a damn about the many artists or their communities. It is terribly sad that greed for greater profits outweighs 110 years of steady growth of a tremendously talented orchestra.The Minnesota Orchestra is an exceptional group of talented musicians, built on personal and collective commitment to their artistry. Patrons of all ages have shared in their dedication and love of their music for decades. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Most Memorable Theater Productions and Venues for 2011

The Twin Cities has some of the best theater, in both large and small venues! My top events, in no particular order, include the following:Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Red Resurrected by Isabel Nelson at the Fringe. Phenomenal telling of an Appalachian story with bare bones technical support and all sound affects created by the cast!Anna Bella Emma by Lisa D’Amour by Theatre Unbound. Also a small venue, great theater company dedicated to works by, for, and about women. The cast also provide an eerie array of sound and music cues. Continue Reading