The Minnesota Orchestra been an infrequent visitor to New York City, but there was a time over the last few years when it seemed like no one would be enjoying their music making again. An intense labor dispute between musicians and management threatened the orchestra’s existence, and led to the resignation of their eminent music director Osmo Vänskä.
That dispute ended at the beginning of 2014. Vänskä was rehired, there is a new executive director, and the orchestra reported a balanced budget for the previous season. This week, New Yorkers can thankfully now hear this orchestra and their particular, inspiring energy under Vänskä, with music they have made a specialty: Sibelius.
Thursday night at Carnegie Hall, they will play the composer’s First and Third Symphonies and the Violin Concerto, with Hilary Hahn as soloist. This will also be a belated celebration of Sibelius’ 2015 sesquicentennial.
Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra perform Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3, with HIlay Hahn as soloist in the composer’s Violin Concerto 8 p.m. Thursday at Carnegie Hall. carnegiehall.org