(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Orchestra conductor Eiji Oue is returning to conduct the orchestra’s locked-out musicians in a pair of holiday concerts.

Oue will conduct the musicians on Dec. 14 and 15 in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

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An all Tchaikovsky program is planned, including selections from “The Nutcracker.”

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The musicians have been locked out since Oct. 1, 2012. Attempts to resolve the impasse have failed.

Conductor Osmo Vanska resigned as the orchestra’s music director as a result of the dispute.

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