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Continued: Michael Henson to step down as CEO of Minnesota Orchestra

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 21, 2014 - 11:08 AM

The orchestra defended the bonus based on Henson’s fundraising ability and leadership of the building renovation.

In January, Henson announced he would take a pay cut of 15 percent, matching the concession of the musicians.

Drew McManus, a Chicago-based arts consultant who blogs about classical-music issues, said that Henson’s departure “removes the main impediment to bringing Vänskä back,” but that the interim five months is problematic for the orchestra’s immediate future.

“They have a lame-duck CEO who is not well liked while they’re trying to fundraise and recover,” he said. “It’s surprising they didn’t just pay his severance and start looking for someone new right away.”

Before joining Minnesota Orchestra, Henson, who is British, led the Bournemouth Symphony in England and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The orchestra will launch a search next month for Henson’s replacement.


Kristin Tillotson • 612-673-7046


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  • Michael Henson, left, will step down as CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, possibly making it easier for Osmo Vänksä, right, to return.

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