MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — 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,” according to a spokesperson for the musicians.

Oue was the director of the orchestra from 1995 until 2002.

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The pair of December concerts will also include performances of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony as well as the Piano Concerto No. 1, with guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

The concerts will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

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Tickets are available here.

The most recent Minnesota Orchestra conductor, Osmo Vanska, resigned on Oct. 1, a year after the Minnesota Orchestral Association locked out musicians after management and musicians couldn’t agree on salaries.

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The Minnesota Orchestra was also supposed to perform at Carnegie Hall this month, until the lockout forced the cancellation of those performances as well.