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Vanska returns to Minnesota Orchestra

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Apr 25, 2014 at 4:42 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska is returning as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra.

The orchestra's board said Thursday that Vanska will lead at least 10 weeks of concerts for each of the next two seasons.

Vanska resigned in October during a lockout of the orchestra's musicians that lasted more than a year. The dispute ended in January, when musicians agreed to pay cuts in a new three-year contract.

After the lockout ended, Vanska said orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson would have to step down for the orchestra to heal. Henson resigned last month.

In a statement, the musicians say they're excited about Vanska's return.

Vanska was the orchestra's music director for a decade. The orchestra says he accepted the same pay cut as the musicians.

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