ASO Musicians Accuse CEO Of Mendacity

According to an article by article by Howard Pousner in the 9/7/2014 edition of the Journal-Constitution’s Arts & Culture blog, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) musicians accused the orchestra’s President & CEO, Stanley Romanstein, of failing to make good on promises following the 2012 lockout. The musicians claim that ASO leadership broke a 2012 promise to avoid returning for a second round of reductions. They produced a quote they said Romanstein …

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Atlanta Symphony Locks Out Musicians (again)

In 2012, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) musicians were locked out after refusing to accept sharply concessionary terms. Approximately one month later, the musicians ostensibly caved and agreed to large reductions in wages, number of musicians employed, and a decline in weeks from 52 to 41. Two years later, that agreement has expired and the musicians have refused to accept an agreement that is, yet again, filled with additional concessionary terms …

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Atlanta Stakeholders Dig In On Eve Of Contract Expiration

With the current agreement set to expire on midnight, 9/6/2014, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) musicians issued a press statement that makes it clear that a deal is unlikely; moreover, they single out ASO President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein as the individual responsible for revenue performance shortfalls. The genuinely interesting element within the musicians’ statement is the bit about them accepting the cuts in exchange for assurances that they would …

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Will Henson Stay Or Will He Go?


There has been no shortage of speculation on whether or not Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) President Michael Henson will remain as the orchestra’s executive administrator in the wake of what is arguably the field’s most acrimonious work stoppage. There are no shortage of voices calling for his removal, including former MOA music director Osmo Vanska; moreover, the musicians recently reaffirmed their 11/27/2012 vote of no-confidence in Henson in an interview with …

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Show Me The Money Monday

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The economic downturn doesn’t appear to be having much impact on nonprofit thieving. Last week the Woodruff Arts Center (WAC), parent organization of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), announced that they paid nearly $1.5 million to a fake company for more than five years and it just so happens that the company was connected to a former employee. In English, that means WAC had an embezzler in their midst for half …

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