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September 24, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Puts Off Start of Season Amid Labor Strife

With its musicians locked out, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has canceled concerts through November 8, including Thursday's scheduled 2014-15 season opener, writes ArtsATL. As it postponed the start of the symphony's 70th season, management formally requested that both sides meet with federal mediator Allison Beck, who last month helped negotiate labor deals that preserved the Metropolitan Opera's season.

The two sides remain $2.4-million apart in contract proposals and have not met since the players' previous contract expired earlier this month. Management is seeking to curb labor costs to battle what it says is a $2-million deficit. Criticism of the symphony and its parent organization, the Woodruff Arts Center, is mounting, with one orchestra board member resigning over the lockout and music director Robert Spano backing the musicians in an interview with The New York Times.