Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels remainder of 2012 concerts

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Minnesota's biggest orchestra east of the Mississippi River is officially locked out until 2013.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's management canceled the remaining concerts on the 2012 schedule Thursday, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

The musician's union unanimously rejected management's proposal, which asked for players to take pay cuts, according to the Star Tribune. The SPCO suffered a $1 million dollar deficit last year, according to the Pioneer Press.

The musicians are worried that a pay cut will damage the orchestra's artistic standing, according to the Pioneer Press.

The musicians' contract expired on Sept. 30, and they have been locked out since Oct. 21. The two sides are planning on re-attempting negotiations next Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

The Minnesota Orchestra has also been locked out since Oct. 1 and has canceled concerts through Nov. 25, according to the Star Tribune.

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