Orchestrate Excellence is delighted that a settlement has finally been reached and that our Orchestra and its incomparable music are returning to Orchestra Hall. During the past difficult months, at our Community Forum and in recent comments, hundreds of people indicated their commitment to keeping a world-class orchestra in Minnesota. The orchestra’s recent Grammy award offers an additional incentive to regain that stature.
Key to rebuilding is hiring a music director. Osmo Vänskä has played an incredibly important role in elevating the quality of our Orchestra and its performances. Participants at our Community Forum last August expressed their strong desire to retain Osmo as our Music Director, and many in the community have been devastated by his resignation.
We strongly believe that the most effective way to rebuild our world-class orchestra is to bring Osmo back.
On January 29, Orchestrate Excellence sent letters to influential Board Members with whom we have had personal contact, highlighting this position and our rationale. We have also shared this message with our Musicians.
- Osmo already has a powerful rapport and history with the Orchestra and with the community. He is uniquely capable of stepping in to rebuild the Orchestra at this challenging time.
- Members of the community have weighed in repeatedly on the importance of having a world-class Minnesota Orchestra. Osmo’s return would be the fastest way to rebuild the orchestra to that world-class stature.
- After 15 months of turmoil and strife, Osmo’s return would be a positive step toward reconciliation and a strong signal that the new Board leadership is listening to the community. It would likely be a great help in both public relations and fund-raising going forward.
We strongly urge the Board to invite Osmo to return to help rebuild our world-class orchestra. We believe that if we all work together — Musicians, Board, Osmo Vänskä, MOA staff, Community — our Minnesota Orchestra can rise to even greater heights than those acknowledged by their fantastic 2014 Grammy win!