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‘It’s up to Osmo’: Minnesota kicks ball to maestro

A misleading headline in the Star-Tribune - ‘Orchestra must return soon, says Vanska’ – shows no softening of the 11-month lockout.

There been no new statement from the music director. Osmo Vanska said in the past that the orch must be ready to play by September 30 to fulfil a Carnegie Hall date if he’s to continue as music director.

So will he be there if the dispute is settled? Michael Henson, the orch president, said tersely: ‘Osmo is the only person who can answer that question.’

He sounds very much like UK football managers as the transfer deadline approaches.



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  1. harold braun says:

    With due respect,Mr.Henson ,this is BULLSHIT!!!!!You brought up this schlamassel,and now it’s up to you to fix it,right now.And after that,please:PACK UP!!!

    • With all due respect, Mr. Henson may have more on his plate even than resolving the lockout. There is another issue that seems to have a connection to the lockout. Up to this point, it has been handled privately.

      • what more can you tell us?

      • The situation here in MN is a toxic mix with many moving parts. Praying for a peace treaty.

      • It’s irresponsible to drop salacious tidbits like that when you aren’t authorized to talk about anything substantive.

        • @squirrel said,”It’s irresponsible to drop salacious tidbits like that when you aren’t authorized to talk about anything substantive.”

          “Salacious” might be appropriate, for example, for discussing the obsession of Monostatos with Pamina (in Mozart’s last major opera). Hopefully, the clues here are a bit esoteric. If not, I sincerely apologize.

  2. Here’s another by Graydon Royce, nit-picking away. Probably a MOA PR blast, and someone received marching orders.

  3. In effect, the MOA is saying, ‘it’s ours, and we will do what we will with it’. That’s fine as long as its theirs. The State should take it away and in compensating the MOA, whoever owns that organization (does anyone?), take advantage now of its depreciated price.

    • Take away their nonprofit status, for one thing. That will shrink the endowment VERY quickly . . . No one “owns” the MOA but it is entirely controlled by the Board. It is they would decide to liquidate the organization and then what to do with the endowment and assets, I believe – BUT you can imagine that would be one hell of a bankruptcy court case.

      • Speaking of that endowment…has the MOA been drawing off that during this entire, concert-less season?

  4. Koelnmusik says:

    Give me a break! You must be joking! Mr,
    Henson you had a “gag” order in Osmo’s
    Contract ! Now he speaks out just twice and you will probably fire him anyway!!!
    Ruin another Orchestra why Minnesota? The Best for well over 100 years! How can you sleep at night ?

  5. @Amy says, “Long, deep rabbit holes around here. Move along, folks.”

    Really? Am I using an alias, as you are? Am I declining to post an avatar, as you do? Am I sending you on rabbit trails or doing what I can to move things forward in a positive manner, with cues here and more info at the CDR blog?

  6. Amy Adams says:
  7. When it is gone, it is very difficult to bring it back – then everybody loses.
    A pity -but looking in from the outside it seems both sides are to blame. There is just not the money folks, that is one thing for sure, and not only in Minnesota.
    Just MHO.

    • Larry, you shoud read this very good arguement against false equivalence. Sometimes, it seems, one side is actually wrong.

      • James Brinton says:

        We would do well to remember that such false equivalence serves the interests of Henson, Campbell, and Davis at the expense of the orchestra. It is, in fact, a tacit cornerstone of the ongoing propaganda war the board is waging against the musicians.
        If you look at the timeline of events, what the officers of MOA have done is right out of the Henry Clay Frick 19th century labor-relations playbook; the only tactic we haven’t seen is the use of troops to roust the musicians and force them back to work under draconian conditions–and I suspect this is something Campbell, in particular, dreams of even while regretting its impossibility.

        • At the same time, an underlying issue here seems to be that both parties have (or are putting forth) a different reality. The MOA seems to be saying ‘there is no money’ and the players ‘there must be money for us.’

  8. Theodore McGuiver said, “That’s as maybe, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that four out of five dentists recommend her website.”

    Probably have to go premium to get rid of that. (arrgh) ;-0

  9. James Brinton says:

    “The Minnesota Orchestra leadership released a “financial review” yesterday. Most of the coverage, though, focused on remarks made by MO board negotiating chair Richard Davis, who told the Star Tribune editorial board that he was prepared to say bye-bye to music director Osmo Vänskä, the upcoming Carnegie concerts, and the opening of the newly-renovated Orchestra Hall – “all three may have to fall,” in his words.
    “But the report itself escaped scrutiny, which was unfortunate. The folks writing the web link to the Star Tribune article certainly didn’t look very carefully, missing even the fact that the review was not “independent” – which was a claim that Graydon Royce, who actually wrote the article, was careful never to make. One senses a large thumb on the scale by Star Tribune management.”
    Link to complete story below:

    • James Brinton says:

      Note that the publisher of the Star-Tribune is on the Orchestra board. Note also that local newspapers have historically sided with management over “labor” inasmuch as management buys the advertising that keeps them afloat.
      One can’t help but wonder whether the citizens of Minneapolis are getting a truthful accounting of the ongoing tragedy.

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