Louisville Orchestra Executive Director Resigns

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Scott Provancher, the Louisville Orchestra's executive director since 2004, will step down in the next few week, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

The announcement of Provancher's departure came as he attempted to negotiate a new musicians' contract that would allow the orchestra to avoid bankruptcy. He has said that the orchestra will run out of cash at the end of the month.

The 29-year-old Provancher acknowledged in an interview with the Courier-Journal that he has received mixed reviews for his leadership. "I know other people certainly [have] their own perspective on whether what I've done in two years has moved the orchestra forward," he said. "I gave it my absolutely best shot."

In January, after musicians rejected a management proposal, Provancher cut contract negotiations short and announced that the orchestra would hire a bankruptcy lawyer. Talks have since resumed with the help of a mediator, but have stalled over management's insistence that the orchestra needs to reduce the number of full-time musicians.

Board chairman Joseph Pusateri told the Courier-Journal that Provancher's departure "makes the situation more difficult" and suggested that board members may need to take a larger role. Robert McGrath, the orchestra's general manager, is also leaving, to become a vice president of the St. Louis Symphony.

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