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Associated Press, Published March 20 2013

Minn. Orchestra cancels concerts through April 27

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Orchestra has canceled or rescheduled concerts through April 27 as a lockout of its musicians continues.

Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson said Wednesday it's been almost a year since contract negotiations began and musicians have not yet made a counteroffer.

Henson says discussions continue about how to do an independent analysis of the orchestra's finances. Musicians say they need that before making a counteroffer.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the musicians have claimed it's always been management's intention to cancel the entire season. But Henson says management intentionally did not cancel the rest of the season, because management wants to send a signal to the musicians union that it wants to negotiate a settlement.

Musicians have been locked out since Oct. 1.

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