MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After years of disputes and contract troubles, the Minnesota Orchestra has announced major agreements.

Just back from making history in Cuba over the weekend, Director Osmo Vanska has signed on to continue in that position until 2019.

The musician’s agreement goes through the 2020 season and includes up to 3 percent salary increases over that time.

The new contract also allows more flexibility in scheduling rehearsals and educational outreach concerts.

“Getting to Cuba required a whole lot of rule breaking and working outside of the contract,” president Kevin Smith said. “The important thing is, moving forward, we want to try things.”

The orchestra also announced plans to add four new musicians to its ranks.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

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