Osmo Vanska, MnOrch musicians sell out final concert in 30 minutes

When word got out that the departing Osmo Vanska would conduct two already scheduled concerts with the locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, all remaining tickets flew out the door. So they added a third concert for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ted Mann Concert Hall.

According to MPR’s Euan Kerr, those tickets – all 1,126 of them – sold out in 30 minutes.

The last time Vanska conducted the Minnesota Orchestra musicians was Feb. 1, in a “good will concert” designed to release tensions in the heated contract dispute.

Aside from that one event, Vanska has not conducted the Minnesota Orchestra musicians since July 19, 2012.

Orchestra musicians say this weekend’s concerts will give the acclaimed conductor a chance to say thank you and farewell to the community.

  • Manny Laureano

    So, let’s see now… we sold almost 2300 tickets in a few days and then when we added a third concert at the last minute we sold 1127 tickets in a half hour. Where are all trolling clowns that insist this is only important to a few “elitists”, whatever that means? The crowd I saw from the stage with my own eyes didn’t look particularly elitist to me. They looked just like folks of all hues, sizes, and backgrounds.

    We don’t even have to talk about the 7,000 “elitists” that showed up to Lake Harriet to hear great music, either.

    Time to drop that lame argument. Great music is for everyone.