Minnesota Orchestra Leaders Willing to Sacrifice Season

Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra in happier times(Photo: Ann Marsden)
Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra in happier times(Photo: Ann Marsden)

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 Vänskä.

“Osmo may have to leave,” Richard Davis, chairman of the orchestra’s negotiating team, said in a meeting Tuesday with the Star Tribune editorial board. “The board is resolved to know that that is a risk. Carnegie, the opening of the hall. All three may have to fall.”

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.  One of America’s most highly respected orchestras seems to some to be in danger of disappearing.

Stay tuned…

Read Minnesota Orchestra risks big losses: season, Vänskä, Carnegie (Minnesota Star Tribune)

Watch the Minnesota Orchestra in a Royal Albert Hall Proms performance

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