KLS held a free show last month and collected about $50 thousand in donations. Their concert Friday will not be free. Musician Kim Tichenor says the money raised will be used to pay overhead for future concerts. The rest of the money is being put in a fund. Tichenor says that money could be used to start a new ensemble if negotiations with the Louisville Orchestra don’t work out, or it could go to the orchestra if they decide to keep the current players on contract.
The Louisville Orchestra has been granted an emergency payment to meet Monday’s payroll.
The orchestra has filed for Chapter 11, but last month a judge ruled that management must honor its contract with the musicians.
The concerts will be free, but donations will be accepted. Musicians Association chair Kim Tichenor says the idea for Keep Louisville Symphonic grew out of negotiations between the musicians and orchestra management. She says the musicians wanted to raise money to close a budget gap, but the management insisted on pay cuts and a smaller orchestra.
Louisville Orchestra musicians must be paid, despite the orchestra management’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. That’s the ruling a federal judge handed down Wednesday. The ruling gives the orchestra’s board of directors limited options for what to do next.
Orchestra management has filed for Chapter 11 protection and is seeking to break its five-year contract with musicians in order to reorganize with a smaller number of players and a reduced schedule. Musicians are asking the court to reject the request for reorganization.
Bankruptcy isn’t a new idea to the Louisville Orchestra—its leaders nearly declared it in 2006. And they wouldn’t have been alone. In recent years, ensembles in San Jose, San Antonio and Honolulu have all gone through bankruptcy proceedings.
Louisville Ballet performances of the Brown Forman Nutcracker begin Saturday, December 4 and continue through December 19 at the Kentucky Center.Nutcracker in a Nutshell will be staged at 2:00 and 7:00pm Saturday, December 4 at the Louisville Palace.
A large anonymous donation has reportedly been given to the Louisville Orchestra. The donation will allow the ensemble’s musicians to be paid this week.
The administration and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra met Tuesday to continue talks about how to keep the ensemble solvent. An agreement may still be weeks, or months, away, and it could come through outside help.
The Louisville Orchestra’s musicians say they are being asked to take staff and pay cuts. The musicians released a statement Monday offering their side of the ongoing contract negotiations between their union and the orchestra administration.