Louisville Orchestra Management Rejects Musicians' Plan for Shorter Season

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The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have proposed cutting six weeks from the 2006-07 season in order to save money, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. But management said the cuts would not suffice to save the orchestra from bankruptcy.

Representatives of the two sides have been negotiating with the help of a mediator, attempting to reach a new contract agreement before the orchestra runs out of cash at the end of the month.

The musicians said that a shorter season would save about $400,000, eliminating most of the orchestra's $500,000 deficit. But management put the savings at $200,000 because of the loss of revenue, and said that a one-time change would not address the orchestra's structural problems.

Management has previously said that the orchestra must reduce the number of full-time musicians, an option that players reject.


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