This week: Nasty turns in the Atlanta Symphony lockout, a major court ruling in BC, and season openers in Windsor and Victoria.
With the Atlanta Symphony lockout in its second week, negotiations are at a standstill, ArtsATL reports. Management is asking for final say in determining the size of the orchestra, a proposal musicians and labour advocates argue "makes the contract meaningless." The Atlanta Journal Constitution also reports on the orchestral size debate, which has become a central issue.
The ASO lockout matters to orchestras throughout the US and beyond, The Guardian's Tom Service writes. Service spoke to principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles, who speaks passionately against the management-imposed lockout: "It's a one-sided attempt to force the orchestra to its collective knees."
Orchestras across the US have responded to ICSOM's Call to Action: including the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Detroit, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Utah, Fort Worth, Hawaii, Charlotte, and Milwaukee Symphonies, and many others.
To follow the latest news on the lockout, please visit (and Like) the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Facebook page; follow them on Twitter; or visit their website to donate. This Met Opera Orchestra post has several more suggestions to register your support.
A bombshell in the lawsuit between officers of the Vancouver Musicians' Association and the AFM: the BC Supreme Court set aside an AFM-imposed trusteeship, and declared an AFM restriction on media agreements unenforcable in the province, the Vancouver Sun reports. The AFM is considering options for appeal.
WE Vancouver reports on the Vancouver Symphony's strengthening ties to China, including an expanding roster of guest artists and and its Pacific Rim Celebration, returning for a second season in February.
Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php.