Minn. Orchestra music director threatens to quit 03 May 13

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The music director of the Minnesota Orchestra is threatening to quit until a musician lockout is resolved soon.

Osmo Vanska says he will resign as music director if the orchestra loses a prestigious concert at Carnegie Hall in November because of the ongoing lockout.

In a letter to the orchestra’s board president and CEO, Vanska says he believes the orchestra needs to be playing by early September to be ready for the Carnegie appearance and a recording project scheduled this fall.

The Star Tribune reports this is Vanska’s second plea to end the labor dispute. Last November, he said he was “desperately anxious” about the orchestra’s future and he urged both sides to resolve their issues.

The musicians have been locked out for more than seven months.

— Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com