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Breaking news: ASO does the expected and postpones start of season due to musicians lockout

The opening of the orchestra's 70th season is threatened. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)
The opening of the orchestra's 70th season is threatened. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)
The opening of the orchestra’s 70th season is now officially postponed. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced this afternoon that it has postponed concerts for its 70th season, which was due to kick off Thursday night with a concert featuring pianist Jeremy Denk. 

The ASO announced the postponements of concerts at least through November 8 on its Facebook page.

ASO management locked out musicians on September 6 after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement; there has been no move — from either party — to continue negotiations. Not only is there a $2.4 million gulf between the company and its ensemble, but the two sides are locked in an entrenched power struggle about the kind of orchestra they want to emerge from a new contract. 

“We’ve made this decision with a great deal of reluctance,” ASO president and CEO Stanley E. Romanstein said in a press release. “Canceling concerts is the last thing any of us wants to do, but out of respect for our patrons and the many people who play a role in producing the concerts we all enjoy, we feel we have no other choice.”

There have been no bargaining sessions since the musicians were locked out.

Check back with ArtsATL later today for a full report.

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