Musicians in labor dispute with Sarasota Orchestra management cancel concert
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11/12/09 Seán Kinane
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A labor dispute between the Sarasota Orchestra and its unionized musicians has caused a benefit concert to be canceled. The Sarasota Orchestra Players’ Association had planned to play tomorrow night at the First Congregational Church of Christ, but because of threats from management they will hold a town hall meeting instead.

Betsy Hudson Traba is the principal flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra and chair of the orchestra committee of the Sarasota Player’s Association.

They will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow night at the First Congregational United Church of Christ about their ongoing labor dispute with the Sarasota Orchestra.

The Sarasota Orchestra declined our request for a recorded interview. In a written statement, Orchestra president and CEO Joseph McKenna says they filed a grievance because the concert, as billed, "clearly utilizes the 'Sarasota Orchestra' name in a way that was not approved."

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