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Breaking News: Nine week Atlanta Symphony lockout comes to an end

asoxThe lockout of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is over: the musicians and Woodruff Arts Center’s management announced on Saturday that they have agreed on a deal that ensures modest pay raises, a slight increase in health care benefits, and builds the orchestra back up to 88 musicians.

The players, who have been locked out of Symphony Hall for nine weeks without pay, ratified a new four-year contract that allows them to return to Symphony Hall next week. The orchestra’s 70th anniversary season is now set to open on November 13, with Robert Spano, ASO’s music director, conducting the musicians and chorus in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.

“In the end, I feel that what I most feared we’d lost — a sense of commitment to the art form and having a great orchestra in Atlanta — is still there,” said Paul Murphy, associate principal violist and president of the ASO Players’ Association, which represents the musicians. “I feared it was over. I now have more faith that the commitment is there.”

For more of Jenny Jarvie’s report click here.

 Photo: Chris Lee

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