Indianapolis Symphony Cancels Fifth Week of Concerts

Monday, October 08, 2012 - 09:47 PM

Krzysztof Urbański, music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Krzysztof Urbański, music director of the Indianapolis Symphony (Joanna Urbanska)

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is canceling a fifth week of concerts as contract negotiations with the musicians union remain deadlocked.


The orchestra's management locked out its some 80 musicians in early September after the previous contract expired. Orchestra officials announced late Sunday that concerts scheduled for Friday and Saturday were being called off.

The two sides are split over a push by management to cut salaries and shorten the symphony's current year-round schedule because of shortfalls in private donations and other revenue. The latest proposal would cut base musician pay by about one-third to $53,000 a year.

The Indianapolis Star reports more than 1,000 people attended a musicians-organized concert Sunday at the Palladium in Carmel, with some of the ticket sales going to the Indianapolis-based New World Youth Orchestras.



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Comments [2]

Fire Baldwin. Revoke his visa. Make sure he never leaves LA again.

Oct. 12 2012 10:43 PM
Carlton Colquitt from New York

There was a time, during the tenure of Maestro Raymond Leppard, that civility reigned at the ISO. Even though the then-manager and Leppard were not compatible. When time came to get the work done, everybody stepped up and did their jobs. The endowment increased dramatically, and the orchestra drew plaudits abroad when it toured. Now, what has happened? Some two--or maybe three- egocentric idiots have no doubt decided that it's their way or the highway. Incivility reigns, Nyaaahh-nyaaahhh kindergarten mentality prevails. In other words, the ISO now actually does fulfill the expectations of others who always did know that the city of Indianapolis itself is the purview of the asinine and belligerent. What a shame! And completely avoidable. Somehow, the field was give over to the obnoxious faction that is sure that high culture is irrelevant to happiness. Very sad. And so Indianapolis sinks below the cultural horizon, probably never to be seen or heard of again. Shame on the lot of you!

Oct. 12 2012 10:37 PM

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