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Former conductor returns for holiday concerts by locked-out musicians

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For the second year in a row, musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra remain locked out as attempts to resolve the long impasse with the Orchestra's management remain stalled.

The Associated Press reports the Orchestra's former music director and conductor Eiji Oue will be back to lead the locked-out musicians in a pair of holiday concerts in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium. The orchestra has never played in the newly-refurbished Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, which was under construction when the lockout began on Oct. 1, 2012.

Oue will conduct the musicians on Dec. 14 and 15 in an all Tchaikovsky program, including traditional holiday selections from the "The Nutcracker." WCCO reported the concerts will also include performances of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony as well as the Piano Concerto No. 1, with guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Tickets are available through the site set up by the musicians.

Ongoing and multiple attempts to resolve the stubborn impasse have failed. Longtime distinguished conductor Osmo Vanska resigned as the orchestra's music director as a result of the dispute. He appeared in a pair of farewell concerts in October. The Minnesota Orchestra cancelled several high-profile performances scheduled at Carnegie Hall.

No talks are scheduled.

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