It has become mandatory for music directors in the US to stay silent while boards lock out their musicians and reduce their orchestra to silence.
At last, one music director has stepped out of line. Osmo Vänskäa, the Finn who heads the locked out Minnesota Orchestra, has written to board members, manager and musicians, appealing to them to return to the negotiating table. The management had previously refused further talks.
Vänskäa said he was ‘desperately anxious’ about the orchestra’s survival. ‘Please, do what it takes, find a way, talk together, listen to each other and come to a resolution of this dreadful situation,’ he wrote.
Here’s Osmo’s letter: