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Vanska resigns: Responses from orchestra musicians and board

Posted by: Claude Peck under Music, Classical, Culture wars, Minnesota musicians, Orchestras, People Updated: October 1, 2013 - 10:46 AM
Osmo Vanska in a 2012 photo by Tom Wallace, Star Tribune

Responses to the resignation of Osmo Vanska came in Tuesday from both musicians and the board of Minnesota Orchestra:

“The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are deeply saddened by the resignation of our beloved Maestro Osmo Vanska.  Through his tenure, he has led the orchestra to remarkable musical heights.  We enjoyed a truly rare chemistry with him and are deeply grateful to Osmo for imparting his passionate vision, exacting discipline, and the resulting confidence that came from being at the top of our game."

Statement

from Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell

We are very sorry that Music Director Osmo Vänskä has announced his resignation, as it has always been our hope that he would see the Minnesota Orchestra through this challenging period. 

We will always be grateful to our generous foundation community for coming forward with additional funding over the last few weeks to enable a proposed contract resolution with musicians that represented our very best efforts to save the Carnegie concerts and Maestro Vänskä’s tenure.  The Board has done everything in its power to reach a compromise with musicians by September 30, and we are very sorry they have rejected all efforts.

Music Director Osmo Vänskä has been an extraordinary conductor, and we are profoundly thankful for his service to the Orchestra and our audiences, and our organization will continue to celebrate his many achievements.   He will hold a distinguished legacy in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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