In a farewell gesture of defiance and scorn to President Michael Henson and his board, the outgoing music director will conduct musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra in a long-planned concert this weekend. the concert had been posted with Emmanuel Ax as soloist and no conductor. Vänska presumably held back to see if a settlement could be reached between the board and musicians. When it failed, he aligned himself decisively on the musicians’ side.
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra today announced that Osmo Vänskä will conduct concerts this Friday and Saturday at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The concerts will be Vänksä’s farewell to the community and audience that have supported classical music so passionately. “These concerts are going to be truly special,” said Principal Trombonist, Douglas Wright. “As heartbroken as we are to be saying good-bye, we couldn’t be more honored to have Osmo join us once again on-stage.”