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What Atlanta’s angry players will be wearing at Carnegie Hall

The bulldozer methods that forced Atlanta’s musicians to their knees have left them enraged and disaffected, but not downcast. They will still give of their best before the public…. but they’d like the world to now they have been through a war. here’s what players and chorus singers will be wearing to Carnegie Hall rehearsals at the end of the week.

photo credit: Slipped Disc

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  1. Kevin H Moore says:

    The musicians were not forced into accepting this contract, they welcomed it. They have nobody but themselves to blame for any unhappiness they have with the current contract. I’d suggest the union work on strengthening itself. They bent over forward for management, and I think this is abominable. I’ve lost all respect for these musicians. Stop whining!!! You did it to yourselves!

    • Your post gets only one thing correct: this is abominable. Nobody there is whining; I guarantee it. You obviously believe the nonsense about the lock-out being the musicians’ fault too … but what you will never hear is that their management made feckless financial decisions for years, moved money around, intimidated Board members into shirking their fiduciary trust. The orchestra is 1 of 4 divisions of Woodruff Arts Council, the institution that hires ASO management … controls the orchestra’s endowment and decides how donations are spent (between the 4 divisions). For the last 10 months, the musicians tried to negotiate in good faith while the decision had already been made: WAC was prepared to shoot down every proposal the musicians countered with until they capitulated. In my opinion, by agreeing to come back, the musicians saved the institution from itself. We have a season, thanks to them. This was a hard lesson … you, in your preachy ignorance, have absolutely no idea how strong these people are.

    • Kevin,

      Are you a musician? If you play professionally, you know that being forced, or locked, out of playing music is the worst that can could possibly happen to you. Maybe you don’t know that their checks were cancelled, leaving them with no income. Maybe you also don’t know that their health insurance was also cancelled, leaving those dealing with severe illnesses in dire need. If you knew all the fact, I guarantee you would be singing a different tune. Read up on the fact before speaking my friend.

  2. William Safford says:

    I wish they would wear those protest shirts in the performance.

    • William Safford says:

      The Atlanta Symphony chorus gave the orchestra members a standing ovation as the instrumentalists left the stage after the audience’s applause ended at Saturday’s performance at Carnegie Hall.

      I thought it was a lovely gesture.

      No protest shirts were visible, alas.

  3. C’mon, Kevin, you know as well as anyone that the musicians vote on the offer; and that the majority rules the decision; and that many people can’t afford to go without a paycheck or health benefits. Yes, they caved. So what? Are you so steely that your compassion disintegrates when you disagree with the outcome? I assume that you have played with some of these folks since you play in the southeast; I implore you to be kinder to them- you might just be helping a fellow musician weather the storm.
    The musicians pictured, by the way, are members of the ASO Chorus, and we stand both literally and figuratively behind the Atl Symphony Players.

  4. I, too, was disappointed at what I perceived to be the musicians caving in. But I realize it is their decision. I am so thankful we have our fine ASO back on stage.

    However, I am sorely disappointed with the ASO management who apparently think that giving only comes from one side of the bargaining table. Because, as far as any of us can tell, the over-extended budget has very little to do with decisions the musicians made.

    We are where we are. And the Music IS ongoing! Bravo!

  5. They have not been through a “war.” They have had to confront fiscal realities.

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