Musicians in labor dispute with Sarasota Orchestra management cancel concert listen11/12/09 SeÃ¡n 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 Playersâ€™ 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 Playerâ€™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."