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Red flag to CCM: Louisville Orchestra looking for nonunion players

(Janelle Gelfand, Arts in Focus, Cincinnati Enquirer) The embattled Louisville Orchestra, which has filed for bankruptcy and canceled its entire season through December, is seeking replacements for its union musicians. Despite mediation, the management and musicians failed to come to an agreement by the Oct. 31 deadline. Management was asking to reduce the size of the orchestra from 71 to 50 players, and for other concessions.

In August, the orchestra was placed on the unfair list by the New York-based musicians union, the American Federation of Musicians, after CEO Robert Birman said they might put together an orchestra of nonunion musicians or go around the union and make agreements with member musicians.

That has alerted the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music dean Peter Landgren, who last week sent a warning to CCM faculty that the orchestra may try to recruit CCM students.