Minnesota’s ‘Star Tribune’ reports that Music director Osmo Vänskä will resign if the Minnesota Orchestra is not playing again by September at the latest, and ideally by this month. Vänskä’s contract normally would run through the 2014-15 season. The Orchestra is to play at New York’s Carnegie Hall in November, and in his letter to board chairman Jon Campbell and chief executive Michael Henson, Vänskä calls this concert one of the most significant goals of his tenure. “I must make it clear, that in the case Carnegie Hall chooses to cancel the Minnesota Orchestra’s concerts this November, i.e. if they lose confidence in our ability to perform … then I will be forced to resign,” Vänskä wrote. In an earlier statement Vänskä already worried about departures of musicians. Those have increased and the Minnesota Orchestra lost already some 20% of it’s top players.

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