“Louisville Ballet”

The ongoing contract negotiations between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management could affect other arts organizations.

Both sides are unable to come to an agreement on the size and season length of the orchestra. This week, all concerts were canceled for September and October.

That puts upcoming Kentucky Opera concerts in question. The opera performs with musicians from the orchestra and a spokeswoman says the company is working with the union to put together a temporary agreement for shows next month. General Director David Roth has promised there will be live performances in September. The Louisville Ballet is not affected. Directors decided earlier this year to use recorded music rather than live accompaniment.

If the impasse continues, even more orchestra performances will be affected. A 60-day advanced notice has to be given for cancellations.

“We’ll have to look at November concerts in early September. The deadline is sort of within a very short window in early September,” says orchestra CEO Rob Birman.

Both sides are in mediation and are meeting with Mayor Greg Fischer this week. Fischer met with management today and will meet with the players tomorrow afternoon. A spokesman says the mayor won’t comment on the labor talks until he’s heard from both sides. [click to continue…]

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