Examining The Lyric Opera Orchestra Settlement

On Sunday, 10/14/2018 the Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC) and its musicians ended a week-long strike with a new three-year agreement. Instead of the customary joint press statement announcing the news, each stakeholder released their own notice. While LOC’s statement failed to reference any terms, the musicians’ release covered a few highlights and based on that information, it seems clear the musicians conceded to most of the employer’s demands. Here’s a …

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Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra Goes On Strike

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At 10:30am CT, the musicians of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra (CLOO), represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM), released a press statement announcing they are on strike against their employer, Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC). Why They Went On Strike According to the musicians’ statement, the decision to strike was due to the following LOC demands: 1) “Cutting the number of Orchestra musicians by eliminating five positions.” According to …

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How Would You Define Diverse Programming?

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Pop quiz! Which of the following items is not an example of diverse artistic programming: Operas written by women. Operas written by minorities. Operas written by living composers. Operas written by dead white guys. Over the weekend, a friend’s Facebook post caught my attention when it pointed out some 2018/19 season announcement marketing copy from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s website (emphasis is found in the original copy): We pride ourselves …

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Cats + Opera = #AllThePoints

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What do you get when National Opera Week, National Cat Day, and Halloween converge? I’m not entirely certain but it’s destined to be awesome. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is holding a contest for two tickets to their production of Wagner’s DIE WALKÜRE. It's National Cat Day and we're loving these ferocious little Valkitties! Post a photo of your furry friend in costume… Posted by Lyric Opera of Chicago on Sunday, October …

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Your Acoustics Reconnaissance Mission, Should You Accept It…

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Among the wave of trends following the economic downturn, moving performance events outside traditional venues is among the more popular. Groups are practically tripping over themselves to set up performances in coffee shops, bars, shopping malls, street corners, mass transit stations, and schools. You’ll even find groups using Semi Trucks, barges, and gargantuan circus tents but in the rush to get out of the concert hall, it is becoming increasingly common …

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