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Minnesota Orchestra president to step down

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Orchestra says President and CEO Michael Henson will step down in August.

Henson led the orchestra through a 15-month lockout of union musicians that ended Feb. 1. The orchestra said Thursday that Henson is resigning by mutual agreement. The orchestra says Henson will lead the organization through a five-month transition period before stepping down Aug. 31.

In a statement, Board Chair Gordon Sprenger said Henson reorganized administrative staff and helped deliver a musicians contract "that was difficult but necessary." Henson says he's proud of his accomplishments. Since his appointment in September 2007, he has led the orchestra's $110 million fundraising campaign and overseen the renovation of Orchestra Hall.

During the lockout, Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska resigned after a decade as the orchestra's music director.

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