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Associated Press, Published December 22 2012

Minn. Orchestra invites musicians back to talks

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Orchestra is canceling more concerts but also inviting its locked-out musicians back to the bargaining table.

The orchestra's board announced Friday that shows would be canceled through Feb. 10. But the board also offered two dates in early January as possibilities for musicians to return to contract talks "without any preconditions."

Previously, the board had insisted it would negotiate only if musicians came in with a contract proposal.

Board chairman Jon Campbell tells the Star Tribune the board believed it was time "to invite everyone to come back and talk."

In a news release, musicians said they want clarifications before considering the offer.

There have been no negotiations since musicians were locked out on Oct. 1.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.