Orchestra Digest: September 12

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This week: Musicians locked out in Atlanta, and orchestra news from SF, NYC, and Columbus.

Déjà vu in Atlanta

The Atlanta Symphony has been locked out since last weekend, and on Wednesday the ICSOM Governing Board issued a Call to Action for support of the locked out musicians. The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra quickly responded with a lead donation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution covered the lead-up to the September 6 deadline, including a "last, best, and final offer" from management which players rejected, and a leaked letter by ASO President Stanley Romanstein.

Romanstein's own compensation package came under fire from observers, including blogger Emily Hogstad (Song of the Lark). Arts law specialist Kevin Case posted an analysis of the last, best, and final offer showing glaring problems in health coverage and orchestra complement.

On Sunday, ArtsATL covered the onset of the lockout, as the two sides' offers remained far apart. Bitterness lingers from the last lockout in 2012, when musicians accepted $14K in salary cuts and a reduction from a 52 to 42 week season.

Better news elsewhere
San Francisco Opera musicians ratified a 4-year contract this week, SF Gate reports. The agreement includes annual raises of 3%, and changes in health coverage that will save the company significantly.
The New York Philharmonic plans a major renovation of Avery Fisher Hall beginning in 2019, the New York Times reports. The NY Phil is seeking a new VP and Campaign Director to lead a major fundraising drive in advance of that date.

The Columbus Symphony named Rossen Milanov as its next music director, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Milanov replaces Canadian conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php.

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