Thursday (1/22) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, David Ng writes, “The Long Beach Symphony announced today it has reached an agreement with a musicians’ union that would allow the orchestra to proceed with its current season and avoid canceling the 2010-11 season. The agreement is pending ratification by musicians in the orchestra, according to Local 353 of the American Federation of Musicians. The details of the agreement will be released to musicians on Friday and results of the voting aren’t expected until possibly Feb. 5, according to the union. Earlier this month, the Long Beach Symphony said that its board members had voted to ax the 2010-11 season unless the two sides could reach an agreement by Jan. 22. … Among the orchestra’s requests is a more flexible contract that would help bring costs under control. Local 353 declined to reveal specifics about the agreement due to its pending nature. It did reveal that it’s a multi-year agreement under which musicians won’t see wage scale increases this year or next.”

Photo: Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke leads the Long Beach Symphony with Marilyn Horne

Posted January 22, 2010