ASO management, musicians labor over "sustainable" deal as deadline nears
Two years after rancorous contract negotiations, a lockout and a narrowly averted postponement of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s season, ASO management and its musicians face a Sept. 6 deadline to strike a new collective bargaining agreement.
Both sides are holding their cards close, saying they don’t want to negotiate in public, in hopes of forging a new deal that would allow the 70th anniversary season to open as scheduled on Sept. 25. But there are clear indications that management is seeking further concessions from the players, who claimed when the two-year agreement was announced in September 2012 that the cuts they reluctantly conceded to would set the orchestra back for years.
Click the button for the full article by Howard Pousner - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Posted: 1:39 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
News: It's deja vu all over again as ASO and symphony musicians face September contract deadline
Growing up in Owensboro, Kentucky, Jennifer Humphreys always dreamed that one day she would perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The first classical CD she bought, which she played over and over again, was the company’s recording with Yoel Levi of the Music Of Samuel Barber. Humphreys auditioned 13 times before she was finally hired as a cellist in 2011. Named as one of ArtsATL’s “30 Under 30″ last year, Humphreys hardly imagined that three years after joining the ASO she would be packing her bags to play elsewhere.
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