In Minnesota, former
Music Director Osmo Vänskä,
who resigned last October 1st after management locked out musicians, will be
back on the podium on March 27-29 conducting the Sibelius Symphonies No. 1 and
4, for which the orchestra just won a Grammy for “Best Orchestral Performance.”
But of course, everything has an edge of uncertainty. Is
Vänskä coming back for good? And how long will it take for the orchestra
to recover, to replace the twenty some musicians who have gone on leave and may
or may not return, or who have resigned or changed careers?
But the real story of the lockout, and a lesson for
other orchestras, is how the musicians in Minneapolis bonded and never broke,
how they supported each other with cash and connections, with grocery cards,
time shares, babysitting, and just time on the phone late at night, and all the
while they kept playing, and became more united each week, even as babies were
born and loved ones died, even as one member was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Courtesy San Francisco Classical Voice