AFM President Discusses Kentucky Opera Talks

The Kentucky Opera could be bound for the American Federation of Musicians’ ‘unfair list’ if it seeks outside players for performances next month. With the orchestra labor dispute still going, the opera has no easy source for musicians. Opera management struck a deal last month with orchestra players to accompany Carmen, but that deal cost […]

“Unfair” Listing Won’t Change Orchestra Contract Talks as Season Approaches, Says Birman

The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the […]

Union Puts Orchestra on “Unfair List”

The Louisville Orchestra is now on the American Federation of Musicians’ “Unfair list.” This ┬ámorning, the union sent out a statement blasting Orchestra CEO Robert Birman for saying the orchestra could consider hiring non-union musicians to play concerts while labor talks for the regular musicians continue. There is currently no contract in place. The management […]