The Minnesota Orchestra on Thursday took a giant step away from the turmoil of the past two years and opened a new window on its future.
The orchestra’s board brought back celebrated music director Osmo Vänskä on a two-year contract to rebuild an arts organization that has weathered the greatest crisis of its 110-year history.
“This brings stability, and we can move forward because we have the pieces in place,” said board chairman Gordon Sprenger.
“We’re excited to have Osmo back and we believe the future of the orchestra is phenomenal.”
Vänskä, who will return on May 1, was in Washington, D.C., preparing for a Thursday night concert with the National Symphony Orchestra. In a statement released by the Minnesota Orchestra, he said he was “very pleased to have this chance to rebuild the Vänskä/Minnesota Orchestra partnership.”
Something to look forward to this fall.
claremont leaving x-men is my big answer, along with shitty marvel editorial in general. people tend to say it was ororo’s sudden marriage to t’challa in hudlin’s black panther run that sidelined her. and although it didn’t really help, you can actually see that waaaaay back in the early 90s, once bob harras started leaning more towards jim lee’s way instead of towards chris claremont’s way, storm - and a LOT of other claremont characters, most notably women - rapidly became less and less relevant to the x-men. cyclops and wolverine became the never ending rehashed rivalry, and storm slowly became more and more just… sort of there. occasionally she’d show up to have a monologue in that sort of high, royal way she can get, and show off some lightning powers, but the time of her actually being a completely essential core character to stories, affecting them and changing them, or them revolving around her, was over.
because claremont was gone. none of the other writers seemed to be all THAT interested in ororo after he left, or they seemed… intimidated by her. ever notice how wonder woman, when she shows up in cartoons or team books or whatever, kind of doesn’t do or say much? pretty flat personality, all in all, and other characters hog all the big moments? same deal with ororo. she’s an “iconic” x-men character, and she’s black, and a woman, and i think a lot of her status and character just scares writers the fuck off. or they go “i don’t get her” and skip it. it’s way easier to write wolverine being an angry loner (but not actually) for the millionth time, or scott having a stick up his ass about something again.
ororo feels, to me at least, like she scares a lot of writers off. she’s too “big”, too powerful, too important. or whatever. way, way, way easier to write scott and logan fighting about jean (while also notably leaving jean’s own development and agency out of it)
ororo was probably marvel’s iconic woman for the longest time but fucked if they ever leapt on the opportunity while she was at the height of her popularity. a lot of it feels like cowardice or lack of real writer creativity.
Mikael Granlund opens scoring and ends the game with an overtime goal.
Hop in the Tardis to attend a solid show, end up stopping an alien invasion centered in Minneapolis because New York and London are too predictable.
Aye it’s my teacher! 🙌
Come visit us on campus tonight and we are having a sage ceremony twenty before the lecture.
For my Mpls ndns.
How I judge queens on Drag Race: would I pay to see them?
So far, there are two.
The parking ramp at 4th & Nicollet is coming down. (at Hennepin County Central Library)
The amount of happy I have for this parking ramp going down cannot be overstated.
Hopefully, by the end of the decade the entirety of Nicollet Mall will be filled (for the first time since the fucking ’50s).