Tim Smith Couldn’t Be More Right

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Veteran music critic and cultural reporter Tim Smith published an article at his personal blog on 7/29/2019 that examined the conspicuous silence from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) music director Marin Alsop when it comes to the summer season squashing, gala gouging lockout. I think there’s one person who can cause a major shift in the BSO’s fate, the one person who stands to lose a heckuva lot (not just a hefty …

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#TBT Back To The Future In Columbus

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The 10/24/17 edition of the Columbus Dispatch included an article by Ken Gordon that reports the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) hired an executive director. What makes this hire a bit different is the CSO has been sharing an executive director with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) for close to a decade. Long story short, after a series of financial and institutional retrenchments, the CSO board decided to outsource …

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Negotiation Update: Philly Enters Limited Play & Talk, Chicago Lyric Settles, And More

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Following up on our 9/14/2015 list of orchestras with expired agreements, here’s an overview of what’s been going on. Philadelphia Orchestra The employer and musicians initially announced a limited play and talk agreement that will take them through Monday, 9/28/2015, which should come as no surprise that the date falls just after the orchestra is scheduled to perform for Pope Francis. Since then, both sides have agreed to continue the arrangement …

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“An Illegal Lockout” In Charleston

According to a representative speaking on behalf of the Players Association of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (PACSO) the official position of the musicians and its union, Coastal Carolina Association of Professional Musicians Local 502, have stated that they consider the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) decision to suspend operations “an illegal lockout and we are pursuing it to the fullest extent of the law.”…

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Details Surface In Columbus

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The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) have apparently come to terms regarding a five year agreement that outsources the vast majority of the CSO’s administrative functions to CAPA. The organizations issued two joint press releases on the new agreement dated March 31, 2010 which include the following details… CAPA will “manage the CSO’s finance, accounting, marketing, advertising, publicity, graphics, IT, ticketing, human resources, …

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