Vänskä to take part in Minnesota Orchestra's new season

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Osmo Vänskä is returning to the Minnesota Orchestra – at least temporarily.

Minnesota Public Radio says the beloved music director, who resigned from his position in October amid the prolonged lockout of the musicians, will be among the orchestra's notable guests this season.

The orchestra announced a series of 41 concerts on Friday. Vänskä will conduct six of them, including one April 15 featuring acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell.

Vänskä's first set of concerts will be March 27-29, which will celebrate the orchestra's Grammy-nominated Sibelius Symphony recordings.

He will also lead two concerts to mark the reopening of Northrop Auditorium in early May.

Musicians with the orchestra tell MPR they're hopeful Vänskä's inclusion in the concert series is a sign of a possible permanent return.

"We know that Osmo is important to our organization on every level," says principal cellist Tony Ross. "He is a brilliant leader, a brilliant conductor and we look forward to working with him some more."

Management and the musician's union settled their 15-month-long labor dispute earlier this month with an agreement on a new three-year contract.

The Pioneer Press says other noted guests in the upcoming five-month orchestra season include former music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis and 22-year-old Russian piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov

The classical subscription series begins Feb. 7-8 with two concert to be conducted by Skrowaczewski. Announcements about Sommerfest and the pops season are expected next week.

The Star Tribune says the orchestra will also fulfill a commitment to a weeklong residency in Hibbing May 5-10. The residency is funded by the State Arts Board.

Next Up

Target Field

Twins: Target Field to return to 100% capacity from July 5

The Twins are increasing capacity for its May and June games, too.

Bob Kroll

Minneapolis City Council committee votes not to provide Bob Kroll defense in lawsuits

On Wednesday, the Policy and Government Oversight Committee voted to deny Kroll indemnification in four lawsuits he is named in.

internet

Pandemic program gives eligible households $50 off monthly internet bills

The Emergency Broadband Program was passed by Congress as part of a COVID-19 relief package in December.

Twitter -  Jennifer McDermed glitch - FOX 9

FOX 9 meteorologist's glitchy, laugh-filled forecast goes viral, features on Fallon

The FOX 9 meteorologist's clip was shared on 'Jimmy Fallon' and 'GMA.'

police lights

Suspects, possibly armed, flee after gunshots and car crash in Bemidji

Police say they may be armed, and are asking the public for tips.

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.

Spencer Silver

Chemist who co-invented Post-it Notes dies at home in St. Paul

He developed an adhesive that could stick to paper – repeatedly – without damaging the paper.

Related