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Conductor Osmo Vänskä Resigns From Minnesota Orchestra

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vänskä has resigned as the musicians’ contract impasse continues with no end in sight. Vänskä Vanska gave notice Tuesday in a prepared statement. He said his resignation was effective immediately. The loss of Vänskä is ...

LPO/Vänskä – review

Not even Osmo Vänskä's vivid performances could make a case for these semi-rarities by Balakirev, Khachaturian and Kalinnikov Perfectly realised detail … Osmo Vänskä. Photograph: Eric Moore It's hard to believe that a conductor as accomplished as Osmo Vänskä has no fixed ...

The lockout's over at the Minnesota Orchestra

It's been one of the longest running labour disputes in American orchestral history: since autumn 2012, the Minnesota Orchestra, who were riding the crest of an artistic wave with their Music Director Osmo Vänskä, haven't given a concert at their home, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis...

Vänskä Takes Final Bow With Minn. Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä’s 10-year tenure as director of the Minn. Orchestra ended at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall, where he received a standing ovation when he first walked out on stage in the final of three farewell performances. Vänskä resigned from the orchestra on Tuesday ...

As Vänskä Leaves, So Does Urgency Around Future Negotiations

The departure of Osmo Vänskä means the lockout of the musicians, which hit the one-year mark on Tuesday, will continue indefinitely. Orchestra musicians held a rally Tuesday outside Orchestra Hall, saying they want a new contract. But the sides are very far apart. The musicians’ last ...

Minn. Orchestra Cancels Carnegie Hall Concerts, Vänskä Expected To Quit

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Orchestra announced late Monday afternoon that the planned Carnegie Hall concerts have been canceled, a move which is widely expected to result in the departure of famed director and conductor Osmo Vänskä. Vänskä originally set the Monday deadline...

Violinist Joshua Bell and Osmo Vänskä find heart of Lalo symphony

review: Appearing with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, Joshua Bell played a violin showpiece by Édouard Lalo. Édouard Lalo’s “Symphonie espagnole” is not a great work of art. But it’s a great violin showpiece. In the hands of a master showman like Joshua Bell, performing with ...

Osmo Vänskä returns to Orchestra Hall

Osmo Vänskä conducted the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall on March 27. Photo: BRIAN PETERSON • Star Tribune, Thursday morning was an occasion for celebration at Orchestra Hall. Former Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä returned to conduct the ensemble for the ...

Bring back Osmo Vänskä

For the last 16 months, the audience of the Minnesota Orchestra stood up for artistic excellence and for former music director Osmo Vänskä. The audience provided standing ovations throughout and sat in tearful silence following the Vänskä concerts in October. The board of the Minnesota ...

Will Osmo Vänskä return to the Minnesota Orchestra?

Almost immediately after Tuesday’s agreement settling a rancorous 15-month labor lockout at the Minnesota Orchestra, speculation shifted to whether Osmo Vänskä might return as music director. Vänskä, who is universally credited with bringing the orchestra to new artistic heights...

Writers recall Osmo moments

Star Tribune writers have accompanied Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra several times on European tours, which gave them more than the usual amount of backstage and up-close time with the music director. Few conductors have ever have worked as hard on the podium as Osmo ...

Will the music stop for Minnesota Orchestra's Osmo Vänskä?

Osmo Vänskä was in London last week, earning sterling reviews for conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms festival in Royal Albert Hall. Vänskä, who returned to Minneapolis over the weekend, has been a favorite at the Proms for years, including the triumphant weekend in 2010 ...

Vänskä threatens resignation if Minnesota Orchestra lockout isn't settled

Osmo Vänskä says he will resign as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra if the ensemble loses a prestigious concert at Carnegie Hall in November because of the current musician lockout. In a letter to board president Jon Campbell and ceo Michael Henson, Vänskä said he ...

Minn. Orchestra Wins GRAMMY For Sibelius Symphonies

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Orchestra and former music director Osmo Vänskä received a GRAMMY award Sunday for their recording of Jean Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies. The award is the Orchestra’s first-ever GRAMMY in the Best Orchestral Performance category. “I want to ...

Eight orchestra board members resign over Henson departure

The orchestra is in talks with former music director Osmo Vänskä, who this weekend is conducting the orchestra for the first time since musicians returned to work Feb. 1 after a bitter 16-month lockout. Henson and former board leaders Jon Campbell and Richard Davis became lightning rods ...

Citing 'unfinished business,' Osmo Vänskä says he would like to 'do great music' with Minnesota Orch...

Osmo Vänskä has unfinished business with the Minnesota Orchestra, and he has been negotiating his possible return to the ensemble he led for nine years. Vänskä is conducting two Sibelius symphonies this week to celebrate the orchestra’s recent Grammy Award. He resigned as music director ...

Classical spotlights: Vänskä returns to Orchestra Hall, then plays Bartok in recital

1 and 4, recorded before the resignation in October of music director Osmo Vänskä. This week, Vänskä returns to Orchestra Hall for the first time since the protracted labor lockout to celebrate the orchestra’s first Grammy. (A recording of Sibelius’ Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 was nominated ...

Citing 'unfinished business,' Osmo Vänskä says he would like to "do great music” with Minnesota Orch...

Osmo Vänskä says he has unfinished business with the Minnesota Orchestra and has been negotiating whether he will return in a key artistic role with the ensemble he led for nine years. Vänskä, who is conducting two Sibelius symphonies this weekend to celebrate the orchestra’s Grammy ...

Minnesota Orchestra board debates Vänskä's future

The future of Osmo Vänskä with the Minnesota Orchestra continues to be a moving target. Vänskä might be asked to take a limited role as a principal guest conductor, leading perhaps eight to 10 concerts a season, but without administrative duties, two sources within the orchestra’s board ...

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