Mayor Chris Coleman released the following statement today in response to the end of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra lockout:
"I want to offer my most sincere thanks to both the Society and the Musicians. Both sides have been working tirelessly in pursuit of this agreement for many months. I know there are major concessions that both the Society and the Musicians had to accept in order to reach this deal. At the end of the day, this treasured institution is larger than any individual board member, musician, staff member, or mayor. Today's agreement means that the world's best chamber orchestra - our Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - will be enjoyed for generations to come."