September 5, 2012 Minnesota Orchestra management announces that it is seeking 30-50% cuts in musicians’ salaries.
October 1, 2012 No agreement is reached; lockout begins. Concerts are cancelled.
October 16, 2012 Musicians stage a concert at the Convention Center.
November 26, 2012 “MN Orchestra’s Board Walked a Thin Line on Finances” Star Tribune article citing minutes of board meetings positioning funding request to Legislature. Musicians charge management with misleading community.
November 27, 2012 Musicians vote “no confidence” in MOA President, Michael Henson.
December 6, 2012 Minnesota Orchestra reports record deficit of $6 million.
December 15, 2012 Musicians stage a holiday concert.
December 21, 2012 Legislators call for a hearing on MN Orchestra finances.
January 3, 2013 MOA and musicians restart stalled contract talks; management agrees to independent financial analysis musicians have been seeking.
January 23, 2013 Minnesota House Commerce Committee holds hearings on orchestra lockouts.
January 30, 2013 Minnesota Orchestra talks stall.
February 2, 2013 Mayor Rybak and Judy Dayton host Grammy celebration concert conducted by Osmo Vanska in hopes of bringing two sides together but because of pre-concert rancor only three Board members come.
February 8, 2013 Concerts are cancelled through April 7.
February 12, 2013 Minnesota House Legacy Committee holds hearing on orchestra lockouts.
February 25, 2013 WCCO cites community’s monetary losses as lockout enters fifth month.
March 7, 2013 100 legislators sign letter requesting a State audit of Minnesota Orchestra finances.
March 25, 2013 Legislative auditor agrees to a limited financial audit.
April 1, 2013 Lockout reaches six month mark; remainder of this season, as well as next season now in jeopardy.
April 5, 2013 Orchestra reported to be missing almost a quarter of its musicians and nearly a third of the string section.
April 26, 2013 Long-anticipated talks between musicians’ negotiating team and full MOA board last longer than planned but end in hostility.
May 2, 2013 Burt Hara wins audition in LA, is reported to be leaving the MO.
May 2, 2013 Press reports Osmo Vanska’s 4-30-13 letter to the MOA Board stating that if the 11/13 Carnegie Hall concerts are cancelled as a result of the lockout, he will be forced to resign.
May 4, 2013 Star Tribune editorial calls for the Governor to step up and help end the lockout.
May 5, 2013 Musicians run “Open Letter to the People of Minnesota” in a full-page Star Tribune ad and call for resignation of MOA Board Chair Jon Campbell and Negotiating Committee Chair Richard Davis.
May 8, 2013 Minnesota Orchestra concerts are cancelled for the rest of the season.