Monday, November 17, 2008

Future of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra dims as concerts in Nov and Dec are officially cancelled; talks continue but no one has shown anyone the money

SSO Choirs
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A Joint Statement from the Shreveport Symphony and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 116 on Mon, Nov 17, 2008:

On Thursday and Friday of last week, representatives of the American Federation of Musicians Local 116 and the Shreveport Symphony Board met with Henry Fogel, a nationally recognized expert in orchestra management, as part of their continued efforts to reach a labor agreement that is acceptable to both parties.

As of Sunday, November 16, no agreement had yet been reached. In light of these circumstances, the SSO Board has voted to cancel concerts scheduled for November 22 and December 20, pending further developments.

While reserving all rights, both parties will continue communications and efforts to work toward an agreement that will allow the orchestra to resume performances.

Said the SSO's Scott Green, "Single ticket holders are being contacted via telephone to discuss ticket refund options. Letters were mailed this afternoon to our subscribers with detailing ticket refund options."

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