The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has officially cancelled the next 47 days of concert events, through 11/8/2014. The official ASO statement asserts the cancellations are “due to negotiations between ASO management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) over a new collective bargaining agreement.” Unfortunately, that’s not terribly accurate since the mere act of negotiating is incapable of rising to the level of canceling scheduled event activity.
In effect, this was a ham-handed PR effort to soften an otherwise harsh reference that the concerts were cancelled due to the employer locking out the employees. A better option here would have been to make use of the parent term “work stoppage” as it still manages to accurately skirt the reality that the musicians have been locked out.
Semantics aside, the most accurate and concise version of the cancellation statement would read “due to the ASO’s decision to lockout the musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement…”
In the end, ticket holders are out of luck and it looks like there isn’t much hope of the ASO labor dispute to resolve any time soon.
To our valued patrons —
Today we regretfully announced the cancellation of all orchestral concerts through November 8, 2014, including the opening performance of the 2014-15 season on September 25, due to negotiations between ASO management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) over a new collective bargaining agreement.
If an agreement is reached between ASO management and ASOPA before November 8, the classical season will be re-launched as soon as possible.
We are encouraging all of our patrons to keep their tickets until a new agreement can be reached. In the interim, there are a few options for you to consider.
- You may exchange your tickets to a future Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert. A list of future concerts with good seating availability will be mailed out when the work stoppage is over in order to help you make a choice of concerts.
- You may consider the full face value of your unused tickets as a contribution to the ASO.
- You can request a full cash refund for any concerts that are cancelled. You will be reimbursed for any service fees.
Our ticket office will be open during normal business hours in order to assist you with exchanges or refunds. Patrons with complimentary tickets can exchange into another concert, pending availability. Parking may be exchanged along with your tickets on a space available basis. If space is not available, parking will be refunded.
Season ticket holders are encouraged to contact the ASO Season Tickets office at (404) 733-4800 with any questions.
The current list of concerts that will not be performed includes:
- Opening Weekend – Sept 25, 27 and 28
- Beethoven Symphony No. 9 – Oct 2, 4 and 5
- Beethoven Symphony No. 6 – Oct 9 and 11
- Lang Lang – Oct 15*
- Ravel, Bolero – Oct 16 and 18
- POPS!, Jason Alexander – Oct 24 and 25
- FAMILY, Halloween Spooktacular – Oct 25
- Grieg Piano Concerto – Nov 6, 7 and 8
For more information on the current contract negotiations, please visit our website atatlantasymphony.org/2014musiciantalks.
We deeply appreciate your patronage and look forward to continuing to make music in Symphony Hall.
Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra