Throughout, Music Director Osmo Vanska has been a no-show. Maybe there were contractual reasons why he couldn't do more or say more, or put a more public face on the disaster this strike has become. He clearly wanted to burn no bridges so he could continue to function if the strike was ever resolved.
But did he play any kind of role at all? Could he have done more to push management and musicians to make a deal? His only public statement was to set a deadline pegged to November concerts at Carnegie Hall -- presitigious concerts, but not the most important priority for Minnesota concert-goers -- and when the strike hit that deadline, he quit.
Vanska's statement today says it all: I'm leaving, and thank you very much.
He could have made some powerful, impassioned statement about how disastrous this labor issue has been, how the future of one of America's great orchestras is at risk, how damaging this is for U.S. orchestras generally, how public officials and private benefactors must intervene. Instead, he just waltzed off into the sunset as if this was a routine job change.
If Vanska was restrained from speaking out earlier, he wasn't today.
Maybe he just doesn't care.