SPCO musicians ratify contract, ending lockout

Kia Farhang

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians agreed to a three-year contract Monday, news sources reported.

Concerts will resume May 9 after 16 months of negotiations, the orchestra said in a press release. Performances have been added to the schedule to accomodate as many audience members as possible.

The musicians also called for new orchestra leadership to replace interim president Dobson West, the Star Tribune reported.

“We remain deeply concerned about the artistic quality of the SPCO for future generations,” Carole Mason Smith, head of the musicians' negotiating committee, said in a statement.

The contract reduces the amount of players to 28 from 34, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The remaining musicians will take a $15,000 annual pay cut.

The Minnesota Orchestra remains locked out.