Earlier today (Sept. 28), the locked-out Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Musicians were notified that the Indiana Symphony Society has cancelled the fourth week of concerts in the 2012-2013 season. Below is a statement from Rick Graef, chairman of the ISO Musicians negotiating committee:
"Considering the progress with negotiations earlier in the month, the Society's decision to cancel yet another week of concerts is disappointing and disheartening. Our musicians have begun the process of filing for unemployment benefits, which was not the course of action we wanted to take. Like most Americans, our musicians financially support their families and loved ones. Going without pay and health insurance has made this difficult time even more challenging. We hope to return to the stage at Hilbert Circle Theatre soon, to continue playing beautiful symphonic music for the people of Central Indiana."
The ISO Musicians also announced that they will hold a second public concert on October 7 at 7 p.m. at the Palladium in Carmel's Center for Performing Arts. The concert will feature Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, popularly known as the "Emperor," and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with (as usual) Ravel's orchestration. Guest conductor Samuel Wong will be on the podium, and world famed Andre Watts is the featured soloist for the "Emperor" Concerto.
Tickets for the concert are priced from $20 - $35, with student tickets at $10. They can be purchased through the Palladium Box Office beginning Monday, October 1. Please call 843-3800 or visit here.
The Indianapolis Symphony Society locked out the ISO Musicians and terminated their health benefits on Sept. 10. Since that time, the musicians have been performing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside of the Hilbert Circle Theatre and will continue to do so during the lockout period. The musicians also held a filled-to-overflow benefit concert for the ISO's Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at the Second Presbyterian Church on Sept. 22 that raised nearly $8,000.