Griffin Sabine 
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Re: “ISO in exile: The secret list

You Should Hear What You're Missing! Please enjoy this excerpt from the packed Celebration Concert at The Palladium, benefiting the New World Youth Orchestras. I'm sure the musicians of your Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra appreciate the outpouring of love and support. After the excerpt, stick around for the applause at the end. It's incredible. Indy has spoken, loud and clear. Hopefully, a few reasonable folks are listening!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d3O677ke98

Posted by Griffin Sabine on 10/12/2012 at 12:44 PM

Re: “ISO in exile: The secret list

The ISO Management cancelled Maestro Urbanski's travel plans for the upcoming weekend's concerts two weeks ago. Two weeks ago. Yet they claim that the concerts were cancelled only this past weekend when an agreement couldn't be reached. Bottom line: the ISO board and management never had any intention of negotiating in good faith with the musicians and playing concerts this weekend...they're just jerking everyone around. And it's time for the sponsors and supporters to step in and tell them to stop it. Indy wants its orchestra back. See for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d3O677ke98

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Posted by Griffin Sabine on 10/09/2012 at 2:33 PM

Re: “ISO in exile: Union says 'no' to opt-out clause

WATTS PLAYS BEETHOVEN. The Musicians of Your Indianapolis Symphony welcome Andre' Watts to The Palladium Sunday, October 7 at 7:00. Samuel Wong conducts Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition." If you want to hear for yourself what exactly it is that the myopic board and clueless ISO mismanagement teams are trying to ruin, click here for ticket information: http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.o…

Posted by Griffin Sabine on 10/03/2012 at 8:33 AM

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WATTS PLAYS BEETHOVEN. The Musicians of Your Indianapolis Symphony welcome Andre' Watts to The Palladium Sunday, October 7 at 7:00. Samuel Wong conducts Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition." If you want to hear for yourself what exactly it is that the myopic board and clueless ISO mismanagement teams are trying to ruin, click here for ticket information: http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.o…

Posted by Griffin Sabine on 10/03/2012 at 8:32 AM

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Five year deal? Management opt out clause? Are you kidding me? Opt out clause? It's an insurance policy for management and MANAGEMENT is the pre-existing condition. First of all, there's no way the musicians should accept anything longer than two years given the state of the board and the ISO management. No CEO. No marketing director. No fundraising director. The Bilby fiasco. Poor investments of the endowment money. A succession of absentee music directors. How on earth can the musicians be asked to effectively underwrite a long-term deal with a "management" junta that is the CAUSE of all the ISO's problems? A 30%-plus pay cut? Again, why are the musicians being called upon to underwrite the board's and "management's" failures to do their jobs? Why should the musicians trust this "mismanagement" team for ANYTHING? Even the "we'll eliminate the opt out clause if we raise $5 million by March" "compromise" is idiotic and reflective of the total lack of awareness among management that THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. "If we promise to do our jobs for once, will you take less money?" is effectively what the management is asking...yet it's their absolute and total inability to manage that has been the issue. They've abdicated all trust by the musicians and the sponsors and the community yet they're effectively saying: "trust us." Idiotic. Compounding this ridiculousness are comments about this deal being a stretch. Bull. Any "fiscal" crisis is a figment of the board's imagination...an exaggeration as best. The ISO can operate for 7.5 years under the arrangement that the musicians and an independent, objective financial consultant introduced. This is just the board taking advantage of real crises in other cities to emulate draconian cuts and make a grab while the grabbing is good. These musicians are already the lowest paid of any full-time orchestra in America. They're already operating under $7 million of cuts imposed since their 2003 contract. So any notion that it's the musicians who are being intractable is patently ridiculous. And no cuts in salary for management? Again, THEY'RE THE ONES WHO CAUSED THIS MESS. If I'm a musician, I don't sign anything longer than two years, I don't sign any cut larger than 15%, I don't allow a single week to be cut and I absolutely without equivocation stipulate that Jackie Groth must step down immediately and an international search for an actual CEO undertaken. This thing can end Wednesday afternoon with a sensible non-punitive deal. Wednesday morning if Groth and John Thornburgh get over themselves. If I'm the musicians, I write letters of no confidence to management and the board and refuse any and all contact/negotiation until the current faction of the board that's running this is ousted.

Posted by Griffin Sabine on 10/03/2012 at 8:21 AM

Re: “ISO in exile: Union says 'no' to opt-out clause

Five year deal? Management opt out clause? Are you kidding me? Opt out clause? It's an insurance policy for management and MANAGEMENT is the pre-existing condition. First of all, there's no way the musicians should accept anything longer than two years given the state of the board and the ISO management. No CEO. No marketing director. No fundraising director. The Bilby fiasco. Poor investments of the endowment money. A succession of absentee music directors. How on earth can the musicians be asked to effectively underwrite a long-term deal with a "management" junta that is the CAUSE of all the ISO's problems? A 30%-plus pay cut? Again, why are the musicians being called upon to underwrite the board's and "management's" shortcomings? And it's the board that wants an out clause? Does that mean that the musicians can stop playing if the management isn't doing its job? Compounding this ridiculousness are comments about this deal being a stretch. Bull. Any "fiscal" crisis is a figment of the board's imagination...an exaggeration as best. The ISO can operate for 7.5 years under the arrangement that the musicians and an independent, objective financial consultant introduced. This is just the board taking advantage of real crises in other cities to emulate draconian cuts and make a grab while the grabbing is good. These musicians are already the lowest paid of any full-time orchestra in America. They're already operating under $7 million of cuts imposed since their 2003 contract. So any notion that it's the musicians who are being intractable is patently ridiculous. And no cuts in salary for management? Again, THEY'RE THE ONES WHO CAUSED THIS MESS. If I'm a musician, I don't sign anything longer than two years, I don't sign any cut larger than 15%, I don't allow a single week to be cut and I absolutely without equivocation stipulate that Jackie Groth must step down immediately and an international search for an actual CEO undertaken. This thing can end Wednesday afternoon with a sensible non-punitive deal. Wednesday morning if Groth and John Thornburgh get over themselves.

Posted by Griffin Sabine on 10/02/2012 at 8:44 PM

Re: “ISO musicians strike back - at 2nd Presbyterian

The musicians raised abot $8,000 for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. But since ISO management won't allow the musicians to be in contact with the MYO - and have in fact turned away three ISO musicians who have been mentoring MYO student musicians - it'll be interesting to see exactly how the ISO musicians get the donations to the MYO...lol. We can only hope that cooler heads will prevail, a short-term deal can be struck that allows the ISO to play while the ISO management gets its act together and the ISO will grow from its near-death encounter with abject stupidity and clueless bean counters.

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Posted by Griffin Sabine on 09/25/2012 at 11:54 AM

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