Update: Orchestra Board Rescinds Offer to Players, Calls Its Last Proposal “A Stretch”

The management of the Louisville Orchestra says a 50-member orchestra is necessary going forward, despite an offer to sign 55 players last week. The management offered to sign any musicians who have not left town for other work, as long as enough players left by June 2013 to have a 55 member orchestra. On Friday, […]

Obama Changes Refinance Eligibility, Louisville Teacher to Participate in Tolerance Program, Louisville Orchestra Deal Rescinded?: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: President Obama will issue the first of a series of executive orders today. It will change the eligibility standards for a mortgage refinance program to help more underwater homeowners stay in their homes. We’ll learn how it will work. 1:34pm: WFPL’s Devin Katayama speaks with Kathleen Crawford. Crawford is a Louisville teacher who was […]

UPDATE: Orchestra Musicians Say Contract Talks Continue, Opera Placed on Unfair List

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra say they have not entirely agreed to a new contract proposal from orchestra management. The latest offer from the management called for any players who remained in Louisville to be signed to a contract that would begin in January. However, the number of musicians would have to shrink to […]

Orchestra Extends “Final Offer” to Players While Opera Talks End

The Louisville Orchestra and the Kentucky Opera have each taken firm stands against the local musicians union. Orchestra management has given the players what they call the final offer for a new contract. It calls for any musicians who are currently in Louisville to be signed to a new contract, with an agreement that enough […]

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 […]

Opera, Musicians at Impasse Over Next Performances

The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management has spilled over to the Kentucky Opera. The orchestra provides musicians for the opera, but without an orchestra contract, the opera has no easy means of securing players. Opera management and musicians reached an agreement for last month’s performances of Carmen, but talks for upcoming shows […]

Louisville Orchestra, Occupy Wall Street, DREAM Act, and Bocephus: Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll speak with the WFPL news staff about what’s happened in Metro Louisville this week, including he Louisville Orchestra’s impasse, and the latest in the governor’s race. Segment B: We’re joined by Joe Sonka from LEO Weekly, who will talk about the folks he met while writing about the DREAM Act — children […]

Birman Discusses Orchestra Impasse

The already contentious talks between the Louisville Orchestra management and musicians have hit another snag. The musicians and management have rejected each other’s offers for a contract for the next five years, and neither side is eager to make further compromises. Their dispute comes down to ten musicians and three weeks. The management says the […]

No Orchestra Performances Likely This Year, Birman Says Community May Lose Interest

The CEO of the Louisville Orchestra says the audience is likely turning away as the labor impasse continues. The management and musicians have been at odds for more than a year over how big the orchestra should be. It’s not a new fight, and CEO Robert Birman says it’s one the community is getting tired […]

Louisville Orchestra Musicians Reject Contract Offer, Say Counter Offer Also Rejected

The Louisville Orchestra musicians and management have each rejected offers for a contract for the coming seasons, according to a statement from the players. On Monday, the musicians voted down a proposal that—according to documents obtained by WFPL—would have cut the orchestra from 71 to 50 full time musicians who would play for 30 weeks, […]