May 3, 2013 at 6:54 am
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) The music director of the Minnesota Orchestra is threatening to quit until a musician lockout is resolved soon.
Osmo Vanska says he will resign as music director if the orchestra loses a prestigious concert at Carnegie Hall in November because of the ongoing lockout.
In a letter to the orchestra's board president and CEO, Vanska says he believes the orchestra needs to be playing by early September to be ready for the Carnegie appearance and a recording project scheduled this fall.
This is Vanska's second plea to end the labor dispute. Last November, he said he was ``desperately anxious'' about the orchestra's future and he urged both sides to resolve their issues.
The musicians have been locked out for more than seven months.
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