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October 01, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Chief Steps Down Amid Labor Battle

The president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra resigned Monday in what he termed a bid to break the logjam in the organization's negotiations with its locked-out musicians, ArtsATL writes. Stanley Romanstein's departure took effect immediately, and the symphony named Terry Neal, a board member and retired Coca-Cola executive, as interim leader.

"I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO’s musicians," Mr. Romanstein said in a statement.

The symphony locked out musicians last month after players failed to agree on a new contract, and the opening of its its 70th-anniversary season has been put off until at least November 8. The two sides remain in a stalemate, with the orchestra's prospective size and employee health-care costs the key sticking points.