Artist of the year: Osmo Vänskä

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2010 - 9:49 AM

Osmo Vänskä has raised the Minnesota Orchestra's profile as one of the best bands in the world.

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ryssgardenDec. 26, 10 1:17 AM

The article spelled his name correctly; it's misspelled in the headline. It's "Vänskä" not "Vånskå"

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mrboobooDec. 26, 10 9:44 AM

Sign Osmo to a lifetime contract. He and the Minnesota Orchestra are as great a combo as any in the world and better than just about everyone else.

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samo45Dec. 26, 1011:20 AM

What a refreshing article: intelligently written with wise and inspiring quotes from Mr. Vanska. It's great to see real culture thriving in the Twin Cities.

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biffpoloDec. 26, 10 6:52 PM

Poor choice.

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barneyfDec. 26, 10 8:05 PM

this is America. We don't use those little marks above the "a" in his last name. His last name is Vanska. end of story.

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lentotrbDec. 28, 1011:27 AM

I am appalled at barneyf's comment about the spelling of Osmo's last name. I think anyone deserves to have their name spelled correctly, regardless of language. The dots over a's and o's is specific to the Finnish language, just as accent marks are specific to the Spanish language.

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lentotrbDec. 28, 1011:32 AM

I'm wondering if biffpolo can explain himself/herself further? The current music director of the Minnesota Orchestra has helped to bring back a sense of artistic beauty and emotional impact to our community. Reading the reviews of Osmo's performances by critics at The NewYorker and The Proms have made me even more proud of being a Minnesotan!

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lee4713Dec. 29, 10 4:20 PM

Is the above-mentioned NYC performance available anywhere for streaming, or was it ever broadcast? I am very curious now to listen to it.

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actualbob99Dec. 30, 10 8:59 AM

"In all, 2010 had enough highlights that the Star Tribune chose Vänskä as its artist of the year -- an honor long overdue." Yeah, about five years overdue. I've been touting Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra as a cultural white diamond for at least that long. And the orchestra was never just good ~ it was always superb. It's just needed an inspired artistic vision to cleave to. Now if you guys could just crack wise to what Sarah Hicks brings to the table, I'm sure we'd all be grateful for the tout.

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elaine469Dec. 31, 10 2:15 PM

WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE HIGHLIGHTS POSTED OF OUR MARVELOUS MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA.

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