New Logo for Minnesota Orchestra Speaks Volumes (Plus Cool Infographic Comparing Orchestra Disputes)

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February 4, 2014;MinnPost

Minnesota Orchestra, which recently signed a long awaited contract with its musicians after a lockout that appeared to nearly take down the orchestral association, has bragging rights for the longest labor dispute in the history of American orchestras (at 15 months). And now, Minnesota Public Radio has done us the favor of memorializing this in a really neat infographic that compares them against Louisville (12 months) and Detroit (6 months), as well as the less notable ones like Cleveland, where the dispute lasted one day.

But MinnPost also calls our attention to a change in the orchestra’s logo as they restart with the buy-in of the musicians. We likely do not need to add much narrative to the poignancy of the shift in image.





—Ruth McCambridge

  • Judy

    I’m stumped. The difference in the logo is almost nil, as far an exciting new concept goes. The Before has a box and the name, and the After has a circle and the name. They’re even the same color, one is just a lighter shade. Hellooo. Where’s the “poignancy of the shift?”

  • george jaquith

    The important thing is for the ORCHESTRA to heal itself. The best physician to help is OSMO Vanska. The cancer of a dysfuncional management represented by Michael Henson and board members who voted for a disasterous lockout should leave. Ask that Maestro Vanska return and MICHAEL HENSON resign.

  • Mark Anderson

    I believe this is just the reversed out version of the mark on a blue box. The 4 color version is on the website and has many shades of blue. A huge improvement to my un-trained eye!