While remaining tight-lipped about negotiations over a possible return to the Minnesota Orchestra, former Music Director Osmo Vanska has told the Washington Post a little about the showdown which led to his resignation. In an article published today in advance of Vanska’s appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra this weekend, Vanska reveals  how he tried to bring management and Read more

Minnesota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Burt Hara has elected not to return to Minnesota after a one-year leave from his post. Last spring, amidst the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, Hara won a position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; under their contract musicians are allowed to take one year leaves of absence to try out new positions before Read more

Former Minnesota Orchestra conductor and Artistic Director Osmo Vanska says it’s time for President Michael Henson to step down. Vanska kept quiet for much of the Minnesota Orchestra’s lockout, but perhaps recent calls for his return have emboldened the soft-spoken Finn. In a conversation Saturday with Brian Newhouse, managing director of Classical Minnesota Public Radio, Read more

The Minnesota Orchestra Board of  Directors has elected Gordon Sprenger, former president and CEO of Allina Health System, as its new chair. Board members chose Sprenger this morning after a phone meeting that reportedly lasted only 20 minutes. Afterwards, Sprenger said his first job will be to rebuild trust between the orchestra’s board, musicians, administration and audience. Read more