We reported four weeks ago that the board of the Minnesota Orchestra were quite content to see the departure of music director Osmo Vänskä as part of their ongoing, yearlong lockout. Last night Richard Davis, chair of the board’s negotiating team, clarified that position.
‘Osmo may have to leave,’ Davis told the Star Tribune (owned by one of his board members). ‘The board is resolved to know that that is a risk. Carnegie, the opening of the hall. All three may have to fall.’
No-one thought to ask him what the end game might be: an orchestra without musicians, a music director, a season, a reputation.