Orchestra Musicians Will Be Paid This Week Through Anonymous Donation

by Gabe Bullard on November 29, 2010

A large anonymous donation has reportedly been given to the Louisville Orchestra. The donation will allow the ensemble’s musicians to be paid this week.

The players say the administration told them their paycheck two weeks ago would be their last unless they agreed to pay cuts, a shorter season and a reduction in contracted musicians.

They didn’t agree to the cuts, but musicians committee chair Kim Tichenor says she was told Monday that a recent anonymous donation helped the orchestra make payroll.

“They didn’t indicate what sort of donation it was or how long the donation will last. We do have a contract that’s in place through May 31st, so at this point, we would expect to be paid through then,” she says, adding that she is thankful to the donor.

Negotiations between the administration and musicians are expected to last several months. Tichenor says the players will continue to push for new fundraising efforts over cuts. Administrators did not return a request for comment, but have previously said they will not negotiate with musicians through the press.

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Tamara Meinecke November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

But they *are* “negotiating” with us through the press, aren’t they? Every carefully calculated scary article about “filing bankruptcy being the only ethical thing to do” is designed to scare us into capitulating and participating in the dismantling of our orchestra. Perhaps it’s quaint and old-fashioned, but some people believe that fulfilling one’s legal obligations is an awfully ethical thing to do.

Dr. Alice Cash November 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I don’t understand the statement about not wanting to negotiate with the musicians through the press. If the orchestra is to raise the needed money then their supporters need to understand what is going on? How can we help if everything is so top secret and hush-hush? What do these administors have to hide? Let’s get things out in the open so that people who want to help them can understand the situation!

SimpleHuman December 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

All together now: Culture is as needed as is politics, religion, business, and science.

Tony Ross December 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm

We have donated to the Louisville Orchestra many times, and did not hear anything from management in the past few months about needing funds or donations for the current crisis. We absolutely do not understand why they haven’t had a fund drive! We would have gladly helped out. Now, we are worried about donating to a management that is interested in dismantling the Louisville as a full time, full sized orchestra. We will not assist them with that, if that is their goal. Are the players raising funds?

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