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Update: ISO extends player lockout one week


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From the ISO executive board:

Although the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and musicians continue efforts to seek a new agreement, the ISO announces the cancellation of the classical performances scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-29, in order to have adequate time to notify its subscribers and single ticket purchasers.

Concertgoers will be able to exchange into another performance; receive a credit for the ticket amount; donate the ticket amount to the ISO's annual fund; or receive a refund.

And from the players:

Earlier today, the locked-out Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Musicians (ISO Musicians) learned that the Indianapolis Symphony Society has cancelled the third week of concerts in the 2012-2013 season. Below is a statement from Rick Graef, chairman of the ISO Musicians negotiating committee:

"While we feel we are making progress in negotiations, we are disappointed that the Society has cancelled this week's concerts because it deprives the people of Indiana of a world-class musical experience. As musicians, we want nothing more than to be on the stage playing the music we have spent years training to play. That's why the musicians held a benefit concert last night for the ISO's Metropolitan Youth Orchestra to thank the local community for their outpouring of support during this difficult time. Despite the Society's actions, we are committed to supporting ISO programs like the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, because the music we love has made a marked difference in the lives of the youth and their families."

The Indianapolis Symphony Society locked out the ISO Musicians and terminated their health benefits on Sept. 8, 2012. Since that time, the musicians have been performing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside of the Hilbert Circle Theatre and will continue to do so during the lockout period. The musicians also held a sold-out benefit concert last night for 850 people.


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