WFPL News Hires Erin Keane as Arts and Humanities Reporter

89.3 WFPL News has hired Erin Keane as the new Arts and Humanities reporter. “We are all thrilled Erin is joining us,” says Gabe Bullard, WFPL News Director. “She is a sharp and thoughtful reporter. She’s a skilled writer. And she has great ties to the community. Her talents and insights will improve our ever-expanding… Continue reading WFPL News Hires Erin Keane as Arts and Humanities Reporter

Orchestra Management Offers Binding Arbitration, Ultimatum to Musicians

The Louisville Orchestra has put another offer on the table for musicians. The orchestra has not performed all year and the players and management remain at odds over the terms of a new contract. Today, management offered to enter binding arbitration with the musicians. Both sides would choose a member of the National Academy of… Continue reading Orchestra Management Offers Binding Arbitration, Ultimatum to Musicians

Actors Theatre Finishes New Artist Dormitory

Louisville’s Actors Theatre will open the doors of 18 new downtown apartments this week, which will be used to house actors and actresses throughout the year. “Everything is brand spanking new,” said designer Kevin Troxall. Troxall designed all the apartments for free, which is partly how Actors Theatre was able to pull off securing and… Continue reading Actors Theatre Finishes New Artist Dormitory

Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Wants To Expand

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts is trying to expand enrollment and space, but the summer program will have to compete for extra funding to make up for a decrease in its state appropriation. GSA has proposed a two-year budget of over $1 million that would almost double enrollment to 400 for the three-week… Continue reading Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Wants To Expand

Orchestra Woes Continue, Both Sides Face Difficult Futures

Neither side has blinked in the Louisville Orchestra labor dispute, and both the management and the musicians are facing difficult futures and the potential end of the orchestra. The management now plans to follow through on threats to go against union wishes and hire a 50-member replacement orchestra. Finding 50 talented nonunion players will be… Continue reading Orchestra Woes Continue, Both Sides Face Difficult Futures

Anonymous Donor Agrees to Pay for Consultant in Orchestra Talks

Another party may soon enter the Louisville Orchestra contract negotiations. The management and musicians have been in talks for a new contract for over a year. Last week, concerts for this month and next month were canceled due to the lack of a contract. Both sides met with Mayor Greg Fischer, who today announced that… Continue reading Anonymous Donor Agrees to Pay for Consultant in Orchestra Talks

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… Continue reading Two Months of Orchestra Concerts Called Off

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… Continue reading Judge Will Hear Arguments on Orchestra Reorganization Today

Actors Theatre Hopes to Attract Crowds With Building Renovations

Actors Theatre of Louisville has unveiled several improvements to its downtown Louisville headquarters. The Actors Theatre building is across the street from the KFC Yum center. Until recently, there was little outward indication of what was inside. But that’s changed. Using $450,000 in grants and donations, Actors Theatre has renovated its lobby and refurbished the… Continue reading Actors Theatre Hopes to Attract Crowds With Building Renovations

Orchestra Musicians Protest, Consider Federal Mediation

The Louisville Orchestra is in the middle of a bankruptcy filling and contract negotiations. This week, the musicians rejected an offer from management, saying it was unfair. Now the management, board and union leaders have agreed to bring in federal mediators, but there’s one group that hasn’t accepted that process: the musicians. Shortly after three… Continue reading Orchestra Musicians Protest, Consider Federal Mediation