The Minnesota Orchestra says it has ended the 2014 budget year with a smaller-than-expected deficit of $650,000. The orchestra announced Tuesday that it reduced its deficit despite a 16-month lockout of union musicians that ended Feb. 1.
Interim Minnesota Orchestra president Kevin Smith has become the organization’s permanent chief executive. The orchestra’s board appointed Smith president and CEO by a unanimous vote.
The Minnesota Orchestra will showcase its bassoon section in three concerts in November. Conductor Eiji Oue (AY’-gee OH’-way) will return to lead the concerts. Oue was the orchestra’s music director from 1995 to 2002.
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The Minnesota Orchestra wraps up the 2014 Sommerfest with two full orchestra concerts on July 25 and 26. Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton will conduct both concerts. On July 25, Litton leads an all-American program including Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Fans of classical music in Minnesota will have one more reason to celebrate ringing in the new year. The Minnesota Orchestra announced the details for its 2014-2015 season on Friday, and among the highlights will be their first New Year’s Eve concerts since 1998.
Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska is returning as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. The orchestra’s board said Thursday that Vanska will lead at least 10 weeks of concerts for each of the next two seasons.
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Eight of the 77 members on the Minnesota Orchestral Association Board have resigned after CEO Michael Henson stepped down last week, with at least one person questioning the manner in which Henson’s departure was handled. Henson’s stormy tenure included a labor dispute and 16-month lockout. He’ll leave in August as part of a negotiated package approved by a divided board March 20, three weeks after board members voted 40-8 to support him.
The president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra will be stepping down from his post this summer, the orchestra announced Thursday.
Former Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska will return to Orchestra Hall this month to help the orchestra celebrate its first Grammy win. Vanska will conduct the orchestra in concerts March 27-29 featuring the same works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius heard on that Grammy-winning album.
After $52 million in renovations and a labor dispute that left it sitting largely empty for months, harmony has returned to Orchestra Hall.
The Minnesota Orchestra announced plans Tuesday for “Live at Orchestra Hall,” featuring a showcase of Broadway and television singers and actors, jazz and pop icons, world music, animated film scores and a beloved comedian – Bill Cosby.
The Minnesota Orchestra and former music director Osmo Vänskä received a GRAMMY award Sunday for their recording of Jean Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies.
Former music director Osmo Vanska will return to help conduct the Minnesota Orchestra during its 2014 season. The orchestra announced its new season Friday, 10 days after reaching a contract settlement that ended a 15-month lockout of union musicians.