MN Orchestra director resigns as lockout drags on

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Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska has resigned as a labor impasse between management and musicians drags on.

Vanska gave notice Tuesday in a prepared statement. He said his resignation was effective immediately.

"The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are deeply saddened by the resignation of our beloved Maestro Osmo Vanska," read a statement credited to the orchestra's musicians. "Through his tenure, he has led the orchestra to remarkable musical heights. We enjoyed a truly rare chemistry with him and are deeply grateful to Osmo for imparting his passionate vision, exacting discipline, and the resulting confidence that came from being at the top of our game."

Musicians have been locked out for a year as management sought deep pay cuts. They rejected the latest contract offer over the weekend.

Vanska was credited with raising the orchestra's reputation to one of the world's best. He called it a "very sad" day.

"We will always be grateful to our generous foundation community for coming forward with additional funding over the last few weeks to enable a proposed contract resolution with musicians that represented our very best efforts to save the Carnegie concerts and Maestro Vänskä's tenure," said Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell in a written statement. "The Board has done everything in its power to reach a compromise with musicians by September 30, and we are very sorry they have rejected all efforts. "

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