Minnesota Orchestra musicians add a second Vanska concert in May

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Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday announced a second concert in May under the baton of former Music Director Osmo Vanska at the Northrop Auditorium.

The concert at 2 p.m.on Sunday May 4, will present the same “Echoes of History” program to be performed May 2. It consists of pieces by Wagner, Dvorak, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky.

That first concert sold out in 48 hours. Tickets for the May 4 concert will go on sale on Dec. 16 at noon.

Meanwhile, the musicians are preparing for a community meeting on Monday morning where they say they will present a progress report and a new mission statement.

The event at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis comes two days before the Minnesota Orchestra Association, the orchestra’s parent organization holds its annual meeting where it will reveal its financial figures for the last fiscal year.

Management locked out the musicians Oct. 1 2012, after musicians rejected a contract proposal including large pay cuts which management said were necessary to keep the organization viable. Both sides have since claimed the other is refusing to bargain.

Vanska resigned on Oct. 1 after the lockout resulted in the cancellation of two Carnegie Hall concerts he considered vital in the development of the orchestra.  There are no negotiations currently scheduled.

  • Wanda Finda Jobfor-Henson

    The MOA is increasingly irrelevant…This group of musicians is a hot ticket, particularly with Osmo. Their future is blessed.

  • emilySOTL

    Clearly Osmo resigned from the Minnesota Orchestral Association, not the musicians or the public. Says something about the board and management, does it not…?

  • Margaret

    It’s pretty obvious whose side Osmo is on. The MOA Board would be smart to remove their current leadership ASAP.

  • akadams

    Another Grammy nomination for the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra!
    I am almost looking forward to the contorted statement by management and board acknowledging the accomplishments of Osmo and his team of musicians.
    What a slap in the face for this board and its chair, Jon Campbell.

  • rbdave

    I’ve been reading about this story for several weeks and not once has Minnesota Public Radio discussed the dollar amounts which the orchestra has offered the musicians. Everyone I’ve talked to seems to think the musicians are the good guys and the management are the bad guys, but given the way these articles are written there is no way to know.