There Are No Words

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Remember Stanley E. Romanstein, the former Atlanta Symphony CEO? The one who presided over two of the nastiest labor disputes in the orchestra’s history? The one musicians have on a recording delivering a promise after the first labor dispute not to return looking for additional concessions at the next negotiation (but did exactly that)? He’s going to be the new dean for University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Discuss.

WAC Board Chair Doubles Down On “Crazy” Comment

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The 10/8/2014 edition of The Washington Post published an article by Geoff Edgers that examines the ongoing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)/Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) lockout. Of particular interest is the response from WAC Governing Board Chairman Douglas Hertz to questions about whether or not he regretted characterizing the ASO musicians and conductors as “a bunch of crazy people.” “Why? It does make me wonder,” [Hertz] said. “I’m not calling them crazy. …

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One Month Into The Lockout And ASO CEO Is Already Out


On Saturday, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) CEO Stanley Romanstein erroneously announced that the ASO and its locked out musicians had entered federal mediation and by Monday morning, he was no longer the CEO. It is unknown if the mediation gaffe was grounds in and of itself for the shift in executive leadership or if it was part of a larger conflux of events, but what is known is Romanstein resigned from …

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The Situation In Atlanta Continues To Degrade

ASO FB statement 9-28-14

In what has become one of the more confusing turn of events in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) lockout, the management released a statement on 9/27/14 @ approximately 9:00pm ET announcing that the organization and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) have agreed to federal mediation. The statement was accompanied by a similar notice at the ASO Facebook page but as it turns out, this was news to the musicians. …

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Negotiations Don’t Cancel Concerts, People Cancel Concerts


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 …

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