Keep Louisville Symphonic Offers to Play With Opera, Director Says Talks Would Be “Presumptuous”

A group of Louisville Orchestra musicians has offered to accompany the Kentucky Opera’s performance of Carmen next month, but opera officials say any negotiations would be improper. The opera typically performs with orchestra musicians, but performances are in question due to the ongoing labor dispute between orchestra management and players. There is no contract in […]

Orchestra Announcements, Steve Jobs, Judy Green, and Beer: Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll talk with the WFPL news staff about this week’s stories, including the latest on the Louisville Orchestra — members of which are meeting with Mayor Greg Fischer in less than an hour. And Councilwoman Judy Green‘s attorney asks for a delay of her removal hearing, citing medical issues, but no one has […]

Fischer Joins Talks as Orchestra Impasse Continues, Opera Performances in Question

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 […]

Steve Jobs Retires, Louisville Orchestra Cancels Performances: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: With Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of Apple, we’ll look at his vision of a high–tech world and how he changed our lives. 1:12pm We’ll take a look at another piece of technology: The Supercookie.  A regular cookie, in tech terms, is a data file that stores information about where computer users go […]

Two Months of Orchestra Concerts Called Off

All Louisville Orchestra concerts scheduled for September and October have been canceled. The season was set to begin September 10. But orchestra management sent out a notice of the cancellations Wednesday evening, citing an impasse with the musicians over a contract for the next season. The two sides are in mediation with the Louisville Labor […]

Union Puts Orchestra on “Unfair List”

The Louisville Orchestra is now on the American Federation of Musicians’ “Unfair list.” This  morning, 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 […]

Ruling On Orchestra Bankruptcy Coming At 2:00pm

A judge will announce at 2:00pm today if he’ll approve the Louisville Orchestra’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge David Stosberg heard arguments this morning on the plan, under which the orchestra would repay some of its creditors. Orchestra management is still without a contract with its musicians, and the orchestra’s new […]

Judge Will Hear Arguments on Orchestra Reorganization Today

A decisive court hearing in the Louisville Orchestra’s bankruptcy case is today. A judge is expected to rule on the management’s financial reorganization plan, which outlines how it will pay its creditors and continue operations. But attorneys for a musician’s pension fund say the proposal is invalid until the musicians and management agree on a […]

Local Mediators Handling Orchestra Talks

The Louisville Orchestra’s management and musicians continue their mediation this week. The two sides have been at odds over a new contract agreement. The management, which filed for Chapter 11 last year, is seeking to cut the number of full-time musicians. They’ve put forwrad a plan that would group the players into tiers and sign […]