Ted Mann Concert Hall
The University of Minnesota will host its 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute on Jan. 19. The concert will feature composer Bill Banfield and Jazz Urbane plus performances by Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, vocalist Yolanda Williams and high school students from the FAIR School in Minneapolis.
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 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.
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Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are planning their own holiday concerts.
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