Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra cancels more concerts as contract talks continue
Sides now using mediator
Last Updated: 241 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has canceled another weekend of concerts amid ongoing contract negotiations.
The orchestra has nixed its classical performances scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday after previously canceling its first two weekends of the fall season.
The symphony and representatives of the musicians' union are currently in mediation after the players' contracts expired Sept. 2.
At the center of the dispute is a proposal to cut the players' pay by 41 percent and reduce the number of members and shows, making the full-time orchestra part-time. The ISO is looking to close a $10 million budget gap.
French horn player Rick Graef, chairman of the ISO Musicians negotiating committee, released a statement Sunday night about the concert cancelations.
“While we feel we are making progress in negotiations, we are disappointed that the society has canceled this week’s concerts because it deprives the people of Indiana of a world-class musical experience," the statement read. "As musicians, we want nothing more than to be on the stage playing the music we have spent years training to play.
Ticketholders can exchange tickets to canceled shows for another performance, receive a credit for the ticket amount, donate the money to the ISO's annual fund or receive a refund.
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