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Orchestra cancels Carnegie Hall shows; Vänskä departure expected

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As the Minnesota Orchestra's labor dispute reaches its one-year anniversary, fallout from the lockout has suddenly shifted into high gear.

As WCCO reports, the orchestra Monday announced it's pulling out of two concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall that were scheduled for November 2nd and 3rd.

That announcement seems likely to lead to the departure of the orchestra's music director and conductor Osmo Vänskä, who said a month ago he would resign if the orchestra was unable to keep its Carnegie Hall commitment.

The Pioneer Press reports Vänskä told a Finnish newspaper he would wait until midnight Monday night to resign and talks talks between the orchestra and its musicians were continuing Monday night.

The New York Times reports the Minnesota Orchestra under Vänskä has solidified its reputation as one of the finest in America and says the loss of the Carnegie Hall concerts is a severe blow.

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