Roger Wright, director of the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3, made the following statement in his RPS lecture at the weekend:
Sadly, however, I can let you know that the first ever residency by an orchestra
from the US will not now be happening at the Proms in 2015. We had planned for
some years a Sibelius symphony cycle by Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra
and had held on to the plan through this last difficult year, only having to accept in the
last fortnight, with Osmo’s tragic but understandable resignation, that it won’t happen.
The loss of international prestige – a concomitant to a healthy economy – is considerable. It will take years for Minnesota to regain it.