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Four More Years! (For Osmo, That is)

Posted at 1:05 PM on September 24, 2009 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Musician stories

Many people will be very happy to hear that Osmo Vanska has renewed his contract with the Minnesota Orchestra.

I can remember being strongly encouraged by a friend, years ago, to come to Orchestra Hall to hear Vanska's work in a memorable concert with Joshua Bell as the soloist. At that point, Vanska was a guest, not yet music director. But there was a rapport that was hard to miss--which will now be continuing through the 2014-15 season. (That seems like five more years--though it's actually a four-year extension to the agreement already in place.)

Do you have favorite moments from Osmo's concerts or recordings? Future projects you'd like to see conductor and orchestra undertake?