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