Bring back Osmo Vänskä

  • Article by: Lee Henderson
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Now it’s time to heal. Minnesota Orchestral Association, are you listening?

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mikehessJan. 31, 14 6:49 PM

Osmo would be a critical element to getting the Orchestra back on track,.

songoflarkJan. 31, 14 7:09 PM

It's a no-brainer to bring Osmo back.

hermajestyJan. 31, 14 7:49 PM

Great ensembles are created by chemistry between the performers and the director. The combination of Osmo and the Minnesota Orchestra musicians is magical, and both have great respect and affection for each other.

nymikeJan. 31, 14 8:00 PM

It's not enough that Henson has taken a 15% cut to his bloated compensation. If the board truly wants Vänskä to return, Henson has to leave. The clock is ticking......

ram1983Jan. 31, 14 8:04 PM

Seriously. The number of people who care about this can be measured in the three digits.

minngaJan. 31, 14 8:19 PM

Osmo Vanska would never have resigned the administration not heeded his warning with regard to settling the dispute. The comments from them gave me the impression that they, in fact, wanted that outcome. It is time to correct that and bring him back. The chemistry between him and the musicians is palpable whenever they are on stage. He started the emergence of our orchestra before the triumverate decided to reduce the orchestra to a house band. The maestro must be brought back. As for Michael Henson he needs to go. The 15% reduction in his already too large salary is not enough. The audience and donors will never accept his supposed acceptance of the contract. He is not to be trusted.

Maine2MinnesotaJan. 31, 14 8:30 PM

To the MOA: Aim for excellence and settle for nothing less. Osmo is the route to excellence. We in the audience would be thrilled at his return.

lagomcurtJan. 31, 14 8:33 PM

Maestro Vänskä has been an essential part of the Orchestra's remarkable rise to excellence, and should without question be a part of their future. If the MOA does not understand that and do whatever is necessary to ensure his return, I, for one, while buying tickets, will direct my future donations to the musicians, not to them.

benedict636Jan. 31, 14 8:41 PM

ram1983. what about the 40,000 or more that could not get tickets to Osmo's farewell concert. That's more than 3 digits. The fund raisers were on the horn to me before the ink was dry on the contract. My message: - No money until you invite Osmo back! I bet I have lots of company.

jastkeJan. 31, 14 8:44 PM

I'd make a small change to the point of this column. It's critical that Maestro Vanska be offered the position. Whether he comes back or not is entirely up to him.


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