This Month’s Kentucky Opera Performances to Use Pianos Instead of Orchestra

Ending weeks of speculation, the Kentucky Opera has officially announced that it will use two pianos and a harpsichord as its musical accompaniment for this week’s performances of the Marriage of Figaro. The opera has used musicians from the Louisville Orchestra for performances in the past, but as the dispute between orchestra management and players has dragged on, the […]

Orchestra Musicians Reject Another Contract Offer

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management. The impasse peaked late last month, when the players declined an offer to sign all the musicians who remained in Louisville but cut the orchestra to 55 members by June 2013. They differed on how many players should be hired up […]

Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll talk about this week’s metro news—including The U.S. Education Secretary’s visit to Louisville, and more negotiations between Louisville Orchestra management and musicians—with WFPL’s Gabe Bullard, Erica Peterson, and Devin Katayama. Segment B: We’ll speak with Todd County Standard editor Ryan Craig about his coverage of the death of 9-year-old Amythz Dye, and […]

Talks Continue in Orchestra Dispute

A week after the Louisville Orchestra management threatened to replace musicians who had not agreed to a final contract offer, talks have resumed. Mediator Henri Mangeot says a new offer has been extended to the musicians. The players are considering it and another meeting is set for tomorrow evening. Mangeot declined to give details of […]

Fischer Returns to Louisville Orchestra Talks

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is again involved in the Louisville Orchestra labor negotiations. Earlier this year, Fischer met with management and musicians to try to broker a new contract. After seeing the two sides were far apart, Fischer helped secure a private donation to hire an outside consultant. The consultant was the nationally-known Ralph Craviso. He […]

Orchestra Woes Continue, Both Sides Face Difficult Futures

Neither side has blinked in the Louisville Orchestra labor dispute, and both the management and the musicians are facing difficult futures and the potential end of the orchestra. The management now plans to follow through on threats to go against union wishes and hire a 50-member replacement orchestra. Finding 50 talented nonunion players will be […]

Orchestra Update, Boehner Speech, Smart Meters, and David Williams Ads: Afternoon Review

In case you’ve eaten nothing but candy all day and haven’t been able to pay attention to the news, here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been covering today.

Today is the deadline for Louisville Orchestra musicians to return to work. The orchestra board says it will begin replacing the players if they do not sign on by the end of the day. Meanwhile, musicians have launched a protest of sorts outside Louisville Orchestra offices at management’s plan to hire permanent replacement workers.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh. spoke in Louisville today, emphasizing the need for leaders in Washington to work together without compromising core principles.

Several Kentucky electricity co-ops will begin using a new technology called “smart meters” soon. The devices send energy data to power companies—so there’s no need for someone to travel to read the meter.

And the campaign for Republican David Williams has released its final ads in the race for Kentucky governor, but the GOP nominee isn’t in either spot.

Food Truck Regulations, Louisville Orchestra Impasse, Prescription Drug Smuggling, the Governor’s Race and More: Today on State of the News

1:06pm: We’ll talk about recent developments in the Louisville Metro, including JCPS student assignment, the Louisville Orchestra, and two men currently trapped in a surface mine in Ohio County. 1:30pm: WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and cn|2‘s Kenny Colston analyze the Kentucky governor’s race. 1:40pm: The latest food truck regulations have operators angry and patrons confused. […]

After Hope for New Contract, Orchestra Plans to Hire Replacement Players

The process of replacing the Louisville Orchestra musicians has begun. Orchestra management declared their intention to hire new players Monday, after yet another failed round of talks with the musicians. The two sides were close. On Friday, orchestra management said the musicians had agreed to sign all the players who haven’t left town for other […]