Opera Director Discusses Talks for Carmen Musicians

The General Director of the Kentucky Opera is restating his promise to have live musicians for next month’s performances of Carmen. The opera uses musicians from the Louisville Orchestra, but the orchestra has no contract with its players. Concerts for September and October have been canceled.┬áSome musicians who perform outside of the orchestra as Keep […]

Fischer Meets With Both Sides of Orchestra Dispute

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has now met with both sides in the Louisville Orchestra labor dispute. The management and musicians have been in talks over a contract for the next season for more than a year. In that time, the orchestra has entered and emerged from bankruptcy and the previous season’s contract has expired. “I […]

“Unfair” Listing Won’t Change Orchestra Contract Talks as Season Approaches, Says Birman

The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the […]

Union Puts Orchestra on “Unfair List”

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

Judge Approves Orchestra Reorganization Plan

A federal judge has approved the Louisville Orchestra’s plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The ruling came this afternoon and caps a months long case that’s left the future of the ensemble in doubt. The plan calls for the orchestra to sustain itself through ticket sales, grants and donations and to begin repaying debts […]

Pension Fund Says Orchestra Reorganization Plan Unworkable Without Contract

Attorneys for a Louisville Orchestra musicians’ pension fund say the lack of a contract for the next season is reason enough for a bankruptcy judge to reject the orchestra’s reorganization plan. The judge is set to rule on the plan Monday. It calls for the orchestra to continue operating with revenue coming from donations, grants […]

Little Room for Compromise in Orchestra Contract Talks

The Louisville Orchestra’s contract with its musicians expired at midnight Wednesday. That means the players are not being paid, they do not have insurance and do not have any guarantee they’ll have jobs when the next season starts. There’s hope for a new contract, but amid contentious negotiations and ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, that hope is […]

Orchestra Returns to Court Tomorrow, Reorganization Plan Due

The Louisville Orchestra is due in court again tomorrow for a bankruptcy hearing. Under the ensemble’s Chapter 11 filing, orchestra management has to submit a plan for reorganizing operations. Officials have declined to comment on the content or status of the plan, but the management had previously sought to reduce the number of full-time musicians. […]

Philadelphia Orchestra Latest to File for Chapter 11

The Philadelphia Orchestra is the latest and largest orchestra to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The legendary ensemble follows those in Louisville, Syracuse and Honolulu, among others, in seeking court assistance and protection to reorganize finances. As in Louisville, the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra opposed the declaration. They’ve suggested ways to preserve musician […]