Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians' mascot stolen

Musicians in contract dispute

INDIANAPOLIS - A mascot of sorts for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians currently embroiled in a contract dispute has been stolen.

Musicians have been playing in front of the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle in the afternoons to bring awareness to a string of canceled concerts.

Supporters have been asked to sign the front of a bass, which second violin John Radomski has been transporting to and from the Circle.

But this week, Radomski's car was broke into and the bass top was stolen, said Lara Beck, the musicians' spokeswoman.

"It was upsetting to John and a symbolic blow to the musicians, as their 'mascot' is now gone," she said in a statement.

The musicians are offering up what Beck called "a small reward" for the return of the bass top.

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.

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