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Updated: ASO music director Spano: Atlanta ‘in danger of losing the flagship of its culture’

  • 7:15 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

But as the lockout moves through its third week, it’s becoming loud and clear that the disagreement isn’t merely over pay and benefits but the future of the ASO.

Management’s final offer before the lockout was for a four-year deal with a modest raise that Players’ Association leaders said would be negated by health coverage cost increases. Who controls the size of the orchestra, however, may prove a thornier issue.

ASO president and CEO Stanley Romanstein wants final say on filling openings, after consultation with Spano and Players’ Association representatives. The players say they don’t trust him with that power.

A recent public [More]

Locked-out ASO musicians to perform two free concerts Friday at Kennesaw State

  • 12:57 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The locked-out Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians will perform free concerts at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday at Kennesaw State University’s Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center, the school announced Tuesday.

The concerts, at which seating will be first-come, first-served with no ticket required, replace a paid-ticket performance planned for 8 p.m. the same night that was cancelled by the ASO administration due to the stalled negotiations with the musicians. While admission is free, donations for the ATL Symphony Musicians group will be accepted.

Instead of music director Robert Spano, the Friday programs, including works by Dvorak and Beethoven, will be conducted [More]

ASO season delayed through Nov. 8

  • 8:27 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Jamila Robinson
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

By Mark Davis

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 70th anniversary season has been canceled through Nov. 8, the orchestra’s management announced Monday — the victim, ASO executives said, of a contract impasse.

ASO cancels concerts through Nov. 8

  • 2:41 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by AJC Staff

By Mark Davis

The ASO has announced that it will cancel concerts through Nov. 8. The season was set to begin Sept. 25.

“We’ve made this decision with a great deal of reluctance,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein. “Cancelling concerts is the last thing any of us wants to do, but to respect the schedules of  our patrons, guest artists, artistic partners and our 200-member volunteer chorus, we feel we have no other choice.”

The ASO’s musicians were surprised to learn the season had been cancelled, said cellist Joel Dallow. He’s a member of the negotiating committee of [More]

Atlanta Beltline presenting slate of theater, dance, music, more Saturday and Sunday

  • 8:02 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Art on the Atlanta Beltline, the 10-week outdoor event featuring 100 art installations, also presents an array of free performances on select weekends, including the one coming up.  Here’s a schedule of coming attractions (times, acts subject to change; more details at

Sept 20 at Historic Fourth Ward Park Outdoor Theater
o 4:15 pm: TONI MARIE YOUNG: Class on the Grass [Dance Class]
o 5:30 pm: EDELIEGBA: Dance [Dance]
o 6:15 pm: KOLLABORATION ATLANTA PRESENTS: Kingsmen and Kavi Vu – The Wizard of the BeltLine [Theater]
o 7:30 pm: [More]

CD, club concert keep Atlanta Symphony music playing amid lockout

  • 8:51 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

With the scheduled Sept. 25 start of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 70th anniversary season increasingly in doubt due to fractured contract negotiations, Atlantans might wonder when they will hear the musicians making fresh music again.

Sooner than you think, if a CD and a benefit concert featuring a chamber version of the ASO are acceptable substitutes for a full ensemble appearance in Symphony Hall.

In what could be seen as the worst or best of times for a release, ASO Media issued the all-Ralph Vaughan Williams two-CD set last week just two days after the ASO’s musicians were [More]

Fay Gold Gallery announces it will close Sept. 16

  • 12:11 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The Fay Gold Gallery, which made a splashy return to Atlanta’s visual arts scene last year, opening up a space inside the new Westside Cultural Arts Center, is closing again.

Gold, who was a major presence on the gallery scene for nearly three decades before shutting her Buckhead gallery in 2009, sent customers an email announcing that her exhibit of photographers Mike and Doug Starn, originally intended to run through Sept. 27, would instead close Sept. 16.

“I will no longer be associated with the Westside Cultural Art Center,” Gold wrote, without providing further details. “I have succeeded in my mission to [More]

Orchestra’s size resonates as big issue in Atlanta Symphony dispute

  • 3:11 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra management determined to halt a decade of deficit operations in 2012, its locked-out musicians grudgingly agreed to a contract in which their pay was cut by an average of 14 percent and their full-time ranks were trimmed from 95 to 88.

The second ASO musician lockout in two years is again about money — salary, benefits, number of weeks of employment for the musicians; balanced books for management. But an equally big issue, looming larger this time, is the orchestra’s size.

Seeking a sustainable operating model, management wants to control the number of musicians [More]

Salvage is today, and here are 2 other vintage sales where everything old is new

  • 9:10 am Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

If it’s old, it’s gold at three upcoming vintage sales.

First up is Salvage, to be held Saturday at Ambient Plus Studio south of downtown Atlanta. And right behind it this fall are the Revival, Sept. 27-28 outside Decatur High School in Decatur; and the Country Living Fair, Oct. 24-26 at Stone Mountain Park.

Here’s a quick look at what those with a lust for rust will find:

Orchestrated by the Atlanta outfit Indie Craft Experience, Salvage is billed as “a modern vintage marketplace” and features jewelry, clothing, furniture, collectibles and home goods, some repurposed with a crafty hand, from more than 40 [More]

Works by Bearden, Johns, Christenberry top list of recent High Museum acquisitions

  • 9:09 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

As a general museum with seven curatorial departments, the High Museum of Art has built an ever-evolving permanent collection of more than 14,000 works that represent diverse art expressions.

Still, as a leading Southeastern art museum, the High continues to put some emphasis on acquiring and exhibiting work by artists with roots in the region.

In announcing recently that it has added more than 600 works in fiscal 2014, the High spotlighted pieces  Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry: Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry.

PHOTO GALLERY: To view 11 of the High Museum of Arts’ recent acquisitions, click [More]

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