Keep Louisville Symphonic Plans Third Concert

The last two KLS concerts have been fundraisers for the group, but proceeds from Saturday’s event will go to tsunami and earthquake relief in Japan. The previous concerts were also full orchestra performances, but spokesperson Donna Parkes says the next concert will feature smaller chamber ensembles made up of orchestra musicians.

Keep Louisville Symphonic Plans Second Concert

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.

Orchestra Musicians Form New Organization, Will Host Free Concerts

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.

Orchestra Players Schedule Free Concerts Independent Of Management

As part of their Chapter 11 filing, the Louisville Orchestra will not be able to pay musicians after Wednesday. That means the Louisville Ballet will dance The Nutcracker to recorded music for the final few performances. But the orchestra’s musicians will keep playing holiday concerts.

Louisville Orchestra Not Alone In Chapter 11 Filing

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.

Birman, Musicians Discuss Orchestra’s Chapter 11 Filing

The organization is about 500 thousand dollars in debt and will not be able to meet its payroll for musicians beyond December 15th. Further, orchestra CEO Rob Birman says the ensemble must emerge from bankruptcy with a 5.75 million dollar annual budget. Its current budget is 6.9 million dollars.