27. March 2014 · Comments Off on Osmo Vanska · Categories: Read Online

Now that conductor Osmo Vanska has revealed he’s in negotiations for a possible return to his old job of Minnesota Orchestra music director, it’s a good time to address the issue of why this one particular leader is so important to this one particular orchestra. Arts organizations change leaders all the time. Why would Vanska’s departure take on the tone of tragedy for so many?

Words can’t answer that question nearly as eloquently as the music performed at Orchestra Hall midday Thursday, when Vanska was reunited with his old orchestra. The program consisted of the two symphonies by Jean Sibelius that were on the recording recently given the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. And Vanska and the orchestra showed they have a relationship that’s extremely rare in any art form. The musicians so clearly have a deep faith in Vanska’s vision for the music, and are not only willing to work as hard as they must to achieve it, but embrace the opportunity passionately.

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