Minn. Orchestra trumpeter storms off stage in protest of performer's anti-GOP comments

Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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"He's an angry dude that seems to have life all figured out, not the kind of guy we need to look to for philosophy," he said. "I found it to be beyond the pale of what that evening should be about. It's a time of the year we're supposed to all come together."

A major portion of the audience actually did unite after Wainwright finished singing "Going to a Town" and gave him the only mid-set standing ovation of the night.

Laureano said he sent texts and emails to his colleagues after the performance apologizing for "leaving them at a disadvantage." He has not yet heard about any repercussions for his protest from orchestra management, but he said, "Obviously my contract says I'm not supposed to walk off stage during a performance."

A New York native whose tenure in the Minnesota Orchestra goes all the way back to 1981, Laureano was already known among orchestra watchers to be a conservative voice in the lineup. A quick glance at his Twitter feed and you'll see recent posts lambasting Rosie O'Donnell, MSNBC and newly sidelined ABC News reporter Brian Ross.

Minnesota Orchestra representatives did not immediately return a request for comment.


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