Fans, musicians, writers recall Osmo moments

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  • Updated: October 5, 2013 - 8:50 PM

In 10 years, Osmo Vänskä has made indelible impressions on many Minnesotans, including musicians, concertgoers and Star Tribune writers.

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atmplsmnOct. 5, 13 7:12 PM

Just attended the penultimate concert at Ted Mann. Simply amazing. Why are we not moving heaven and earth to put these musicians back to work and keep Vanska from leaving? Truly a dark hour for the state of Minnesota.

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Douglind33Oct. 5, 13 7:23 PM

"When not at the podium, Vänskä is a private, reserved person, the antithesis of a schmoozer and not one to speak more words than necessary to make a point." - Tilotson. He's a Finn, what else did you expect? Gushing sentimentality? Arm-waving bravado? SISU!

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mamajammaOct. 6, 1311:03 AM

We are bereft. We hardly ever missed a concert. Such a shock that a priceless gift can be snatched away by the ignorant and uncomprehending and for what? This is a crime. pure and simple.

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DufferHOct. 6, 13 3:51 PM

This grieving for and gut-wrenching love affair for Osmo Vanska is starting to border on the ridiculous. There is no man or woman anywhere who is not replaceable.

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richerdavisOct. 7, 1311:26 AM

DufferH, most decent people have the good sense to not intrude on shared loss and sorrow. I guess that doesn't extend to you.

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eric2001Oct. 25, 1310:33 PM

I have two favorite Osmo stories. Many years ago, I finally talked a friend into going with me to the orchestra. She was so concerned about her cell phone going off she turned it "off" twice. On the breath of the upbeat of the first piece, her Mozart ringtone went off and she was mortified. Osmo turned around with a big smile and everyone had a good laugh. He was always, always a class act. Once, I was lucky enough to sit in on an orchestra rehearsal. In the middle of the Sibelius, Osmo stopped everyone and said, "Someone in the viola section is playing too close to the bridge." We're talking about a few millimeters at most and he heard this in a crowd of 100 musicians. In that moment, I understood what it meant to be a world class orchestra and a world class conductor and it changed my life as a musician and teacher.

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