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Emotional farewell concerts for Orchestra's Vanska

October 5, 2013
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Music lovers flocked to Ted Mann Concert Hall over the weekend for three sold out farewell concerts led by former Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska.

The Star Tribune reported ( ) that during Friday night's concert, the musicians on stage, and fans, seemed on the verge of tears.

Mary Ellen Niedenfuer of St. Paul said she felt like the concert was not only goodbye to Vanska, but to the orchestra as she knows it.

Vanska quit his post on Tuesday over the extended lockout that has idled the orchestra for more than a year. The orchestra board has asked musicians to take pay cuts of as much as 25 percent.

Just before Friday's final scheduled number, Vanska addressed the fans, tearfully saying he loved them and would "miss this fabulous orchestra."


Information from: Star Tribune,



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