The board of the Minnesota Orchestra is not the first, and will not be the last, to attempt to cut costs dramatically by cutting artists' salaries. There have already been attempts in a number of cities and I expect there to be many more in the next decade or two.
Are we witnessing a major transition in the arts from regional organizations to fewer mega-organizations with the sophistication to mount large scale productions, to market them well and to raise large sums of money?
As a mere observer I am not privy to the inner workings of the NYC Opera or the Minnesota Orchestra. However, the bizarre logic of our congress allowing the NFL to not carry its weight while arts groups are gasping for air is insulting.
These are heady times for the League of American Orchestras and their ilk. Hardly a week goes by without another orchestra lockout or strike. If ever the musicians needed an industry watchdog, it's today.