There is a crunch meeting today at the Minnesota Orchestra that may determine whether Osmo Vänskä remains as music director.
The orchestra has been locked out for eleven months. In recent tentative contacts between the two sides, the players agreed to participate in mediation on condition they could go back to work for six months under the old contract in order to recoup some of their losses.
The board agreed to two months under the old contract after which, if no agreement was reached, salaries would be slashed by 25 percent and other benefits would go. This counter proposal will be voted on by the musicians today. We hear from players that it will be rejected unanimously.
Such a decision would trigger the cancellation of the start of next season, including the first of four planned concerts at Carnegie Hall. Vänskä has said he would resign if the Carnegie dates were not honoured. That regrettable outcome now seems almost inevitable. UPDATE here.
That is a scenario which the board, run by the city’s two biggest bankers, has been trying to engineer. If Vänskä leaves of his own accord they won’t have to pay him wages while the orchestra is not working.