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Minnesota Orchestra President & CEO To Step Down In August

The president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra will be stepping down from his post this summer, the orchestra announced Thursday.

03/20/2014

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Vanska To Help Orchestra Celebrate Grammy Win

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.

03/15/2014

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Minn. Orchestra Wins GRAMMY For Sibelius Symphonies

The Minnesota Orchestra and former music director Osmo Vänskä received a GRAMMY award Sunday for their recording of Jean Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies.

01/26/2014

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Lockout Over, Minn. Orchestra Announces ’14 Season

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.

01/24/2014

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Minnesota Orchestra Board, Musicians Ratify New Contract

On early Tuesday evening, the Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors and the musicians of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, effective Feb. 1.

01/14/2014

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Gay Marriage Was Minnesota’s Top Story Of 2013

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples married in Minnesota, beginning at the stroke of midnight on Aug. 1.

12/25/2013

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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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Musicians Rally Outside Orchestra Hall Fundraiser

Friday night is the biggest fundraiser of the year at Orchestra Hall, and it’s taking place in the middle of a lockout that has gone on for nearly a year. “This is devastating to all families and musicians to not be able to play for a year,” said principal cellist Anthony Ross. Nearly all day, musicians have been holding signs outside Orchestra Hall asking for support from the public during the lockout.

09/20/2013

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Mpls. To Celebrate Minn. Orchestra Grammy Nod

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra may be locked out, but that’s not stopping them from celebrating the orchestra’s Grammy nomination.

01/31/2013