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Vanska Pleads For End To Minn. Orchestra Dispute

Posted at: 11/15/2012 8:16 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The music director of the Minnesota Orchestra is calling for an end to the orchestra's labor dispute.
 
Osmo Vanska has sent a letter to board members and musicians, pleading for a return to negotiations.
 
The Star Tribune reports Vanska says he is "desperately anxious" about the orchestra's future.
 
Vanska has not been involved in negotiations, and has refused all media requests for comment in the past six weeks - typical for a music director during a labor dispute.
 
Principal trombone Doug Wright, a member of the musicians' negotiating team, says he hopes Vanska's letter spurs a return to negotiations.
 
Board chairman Campbell says he empathizes with Vanska's concerns.
 
The musicians were locked out Oct. 1 after their contract expired. Concerts have been canceled through Dec. 23.
 
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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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