Minnesota Orchestra Leaders Willing to Sacrifice Season
What started as a not-unusual situation is rapidly approaching the unthinkable, as leaders of the Minnesota Orchestra seem prepared not only to delay the start of the 2013-2014 season in their brand-new home, but also to give up this season’s Carnegie Hall appearance and lose vaunted conductor Osmo VÃ¤nskÃ¤.
â€œOsmo may have to leave,â€ Richard Davis, chairman of the orchestraâ€™s negotiating team, said in a meeting Tuesday with the Star Tribune editorial board. â€œThe board is resolved to know that that is a risk. Carnegie, the opening of the hall. All three may have to fall.â€
While musical colleagues in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra prepare to launch their season in the aftermath of a successful contract agreement, the standoff continues across town. Â One of America’s most highly respected orchestras seems to some to be in danger of disappearing.
Read Minnesota Orchestra risks big losses: season, VÃ¤nskÃ¤, Carnegie (Minnesota Star Tribune)
Watch the Minnesota Orchestra in a Royal Albert Hall Proms performance