Music lovers in Minnesota will be delighted to hear that Osmo Vänskä will return as the music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. The orchestra's board of directors voted on Thursday to rehire the Finnish maestro.
The Minnesota Orchestra announced on Thursday evening that controversial President and CEO Michael Henson will step down at the end of the current season, on August 31.
On Monday, several Minnesota Orchestra board members said that the board had voted in favor of keeping Michael Henson as president. They also said that Osmo Vänskä might be asked to take on a more limited role with the orchestra, such as principal guest conductor.
Conductor Osmo Vänskä talked with Brian Newhouse of Classical Minnesota Public Radio this weekend about what might prompt him to return to the orchestra as music director. Vänskä said, “For any healing to begin at the orchestra, Michael Henson must go.”