Local media have confirmed that there were expanses of empty seats at yesterday’s local debut of Tchaikovsky winner Daniil Trifonov with the Minnesota Orchestra. Some blamed it on an impending storm, others on an internal tempest that has not yet blown over.
We hear that key board members are still angry at the musicians over what they see as obduracy over a wage cut, and that musicians are resentful both of their board and the MO president, Michael Henson, whom they want to see sacked.
There are also unmentioned tensions surrounding former music director Osmo Vänskä and his relationships within the organisation.
Peace is no closer in Minnesota than it is in the Middle East.