Philharmonic management, musicians continue talks

Negotiations continued the day after the musicians of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra announced they would strike Friday’s season-opening concert if they could not reach an agreement with management over terms for a new contract.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, management and musicians issued a joint statement:

“The parties continue to discuss the issues. The discussions have been both cordial and constructive. Both parties hope to prevent the loss of any performances, and discussions shall continue with great urgency.”

The major issues in the contract talks include management’s desire to remove a peer review process for demotion and dismissal of musicians, a musician proposal for a guaranteed number of full-orchestra (60 musicians or more) concerts and a proposed clause that would limit Philharmonic musicians’ ability to work with other orchestra-sized ensembles in Central Kentucky.

At a full-orchestra meeting last week, musicians voted to authorize the union to call a strike “if deemed necessary,” and they voted to express no-confidence in Scott Terrell as the orchestra’s music director.

Tuesday, after Philharmonic management rejected the musicians’ latest proposal, the musicians union issued a statement saying the players will strike Friday night’s concert if management and the orchestra cannot come to terms before the performance.

The Philharmonic is scheduled to open its season Friday night with a concert at the Singletary Center for the Arts featuring violin soloist Caroline Goulding.

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