May 5, 2022
Minnesota Orchestra Appoints Osmo Vänskä as Conductor Laureate
Lisa Marie Mazucco

New role begins in September 2022, recognizing Mr. Vänskä’s acclaimed leadership and many achievements with the Orchestra over 19 years

Next month Mr. Vänskä will conduct two final sets of concerts as music director, June 2-4 and June 10-12, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (MAY 5, 2022) — The Minnesota Orchestra announced today the appointment of Osmo Vänskä as the Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate, an ongoing role that recognizes his deep and far-reaching impact on the Minnesota Orchestra over 19 years as its music director. The appointment takes effect in September 2022.

Mr. Vänskä will conduct his final concerts as music director in two consecutive June weekends at Orchestra Hall, leading works by Felix Mendelssohn and Jaakko Kuusisto, June 2-4, and Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, the Symphony of a Thousand, June 10-12, 2022. The following month he’ll make a final appearance as clarinetist in a July 22 “NightCap” concert featuring Brahms’ Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, alongside pianist Jon Kimura Parker and Principal Cello Anthony Ross.

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