Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is currently leading negotiations between the management and the locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. This week, the mediator made a proposal to soften the potential downside for musicians to engage in bargaining, according to the musicians’ negotiating committee. Musicians agreed to the terms but management declined. However, both sides are asking Mitchell to continue his work.

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra announced that they will perform a free concert Sept. 15 at the Lake Harriet band shell in Minneapolis. The players did the same last September, before being locked out on Oct. 1. In this concert Manny Laureano, principal trumpet, will conduct Weber’s Overture to « Der Freischutz » and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

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