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Eiji Oue To Return, Will Conduct MN Orchestra’s ‘Nutcracker’

Former Minnesota Orchestra music director Eiji Oue will return to the Twin Cities to conduct the orchestra’s holiday performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Oue was the director of the orchestra from 1995 until 2002.

11/13/2013

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Minnesota Orchestra Talks Break Off Again

Another attempt to break the long impasse in the Minnesota Orchestra lockout has failed. Both sides say back-channel talks broke off after they were unable to agree on how to move forward. The last meeting was Monday.

11/09/2013

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Call For State Aid To Resolve Orchestra Dispute Grows

It’s been nearly 13 months since the lockout began at the Minnesota Orchestra, and now some leaders are calling for state aid to settle the dispute. Former governor Arne Carlson says the orchestra is a valued community asset that should get the same attention as the Vikings stadium.

10/21/2013

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Rep. To Propose Legislation For MN To ‘Buy’ Orchestra

While there still hasn’t been any movement in contract talks between management at the Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians, a local lawmaker is now pushing for the state to get involved.

10/16/2013

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Vänskä Takes Final Bow With Minn. Orchestra

Drama, appreciation and sadness played a part in Saturday night’s final performance for the Minnesota Orchestra with its famed conductor at the helm. 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, more than one year after his musicians went on strike in protest of management’s deep pay cuts in the wake of major building renovations.

10/05/2013

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Vanska To Return For MN Orchestra Farewell Concerts

Former Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska is returning to the stage to lead his former musicians in what amounts to a pair of farewell concerts. Vanska quit his post earlier this week over the extended lockout that has idled the orchestra for more than a year.

10/03/2013

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As Vänskä Leaves, So Does Urgency Around Future Negotiations

The Minnesota Orchestra’s famed conductor quit Tuesday, less than 24 hours after talks collapsed and two high profile concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall were canceled. The departure of Osmo Vänskä means the lockout of the musicians, which hit the one-year mark on Tuesday, will continue indefinitely.

10/01/2013

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Musicians Express Sadness Over Loss Of Osmo Vanska

Tuesday marks the 1-year anniversary of the lock out of musicians with the Minnesota Orchestra. After performing an educational concert at Hopkins High School, Tim Zavadil got emotional talking about the impact Osmo Vanska had on them.

10/01/2013

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Conductor Osmo Vanska Resigns From Minnesota Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska resigned Tuesday amid a labor impasse that has dragged on for more than a year as management pushed for deep cuts to musicians’ salaries.

10/01/2013

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

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, saying he would quit if there was not a deal that would bring musicians back to work. The possible loss of Vänskä is widely seen as a significant blow to the orchestra’s reputation. Vänskä has not yet made a public statement as of early Monday evening.

09/30/2013

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Minn. Orchestra Musicians Reject Latest Offer

Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra unanimously rejected management’s latest contract proposal. The three-year contract offered by management would have cut musicians salaries’ from an average of $136,000 a year under the old contract to $104,500. Each musician also would also have received a $20,000 signing bonus.

09/28/2013

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Esme’s Blog: A Critical Week For The MN Orchestra

No one disagrees that it is one of the best orchestras in the world. For nearly a year they have been locked out by the Minnesota Orchestra Board. The Orchestra’s renowned conductor Osmo Vanska has […]

09/21/2013

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Dayton, Rybak Sound Off On Minn. Orchestra Dispute

As the lockout of musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra nears a year in duration, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say it’s time for the sides to bury any grudges and return to the bargaining table for face-to-face talks.

09/19/2013

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Minn. Orchestra, Musicians Talk Through Mediator

Minnesota Orchestra management and musicians have talked through an independent mediator in recent days as deadlines loom over the institution’s future amid a long and contentious labor dispute.

09/16/2013

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Massive Crowd At Lake Harriet To Support MN Orchestra

Every seat was filled in front of the bandshell, on the edge of Lake Harriet. Then, the crowd filled in the grass for rows and rows beyond the seats.

09/15/2013

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