Osmo Vanska's Farewell Concert

October 4, 2013
Emanuel Ax hugs Osmo Vanska after performing Beethoven's third piano concerto with the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Emanuel Ax and Osmo Vanska (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Conductor Osmo Vanska gestures to the orchestra to stand for applause as  the Minnesota orchestra gathered at the Tedd Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 to play the first of three final concerts with Vanska. He resigned last week following a year long lockout of the orchestra by management due to a labor dispute. (Judy Griesedieck for MPR News) Minnesota Orchestra supporters collect donations in a cello case in the lobby of Ted Mann Concert Hall on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Music Director Osmo Vanska conducted the first of three final concerts after resigning Tuesday after a year-long lockout of musicians. (Judy Griesedieck for MPR News) The Minnesota Orchestra gathers at Tedd Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota to play the first of three final concerts with Conductor Osmo Vanska, who resigned last week following a year-long lockout of the orchestra by management due to a labor dispute. (Judy Griesedieck for MPR) Conductor Osmo Vanska directs the orchestra in the first of his three final concerts on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.  Vanska resigned Tuesday. (Judy Griesedieck for MPR News) Conductor Osmo Vanska hugs pianist Emmanuel Ax following a Beethoven Concerto on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (Judy Griesedieck for MPR News) Conductor Osmo Vanska receives applause in his the first of three final concerts on at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Vanska resigned last week following a year long lockout of the orchestra by management due to a labor dispute. (Judy Griesedieck for MPR) Osmo Vanska addresses the crowd at the Oct. 5 matinee. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Minnesota Orchestra violinist Mike Sutton gets encouragement from his wife, Beatrice Blanc, backstage at the first of three final concerts conducted by Osmo Vankska on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Vanska resigned as music director following a year-long lock out of the orchestra by management due to a labor dispute. (Judy Griesedieck for MPR News) Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. (Courtesy of University of Minnesota)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — We are seeking permission to rebroadcast/archive the audio from the live concert; as soon as we have approval from the interested parties, we will make its availability known.

Following the resignation of Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the locked-out players of the orchestra announced that Vänskä will conduct three independent concerts Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall — one on Friday, Oct. 4, and two on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tickets to the concerts quickly sold out.

Classical Minnesota Public Radio has been given permission to broadcast the concert at 8 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Oct. 5, live from Ted Mann Concert Hall. Brian Newhouse will host.

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will be joined by pianist Emanuel Ax in a program that includes works by Beethoven, Mozart and Stravinsky.

In an interview with MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr, the orchestra's principal trombonist, Doug Wright, said it was likely to be an emotional evening. "We are honored that [Vänskä] is joining us," Wright said. "And at the same time, we are heartbroken it will be for the last time."

Wright said it has been therapeutic for the musicians to sit and play together, indicating the sessions had an air of normality to them. Wright added that this weekend, he expects the orchestra to set aside all the politicking and rancor of the past year and a half. The concerts, he said, will be simply about the music.

Here is the full program:

Osmo Vänskä's Farewell Concert
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
Emanuel Ax, pianist

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Overture to Egmont, Op. 84

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37 Emanuel Ax, piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 595 Emanuel Ax, piano

IGOR STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird (1919)

Listen to Osmo Vänskä's Farewell Concert live on Classical MPR at 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Saturday, Oct. 5. Find your frequency here or stream online using the Classical MPR Media Player.

(Oct. 4 concert photos by Judy Griesedieck for MPR News; Oct. 5 concert photos by Nate Ryan.)

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