A new agreement between the management and musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was reached on Thursday, November 6th following lengthy negotiations overseen by federal mediators and the postponement of the current performance season.
The deal calls for a 6% pay increase for the musicians over four years; increased premium contributions from the musicians into their health care plan; and an gradual four-year increase in the total number of musicians in the orchestra, from the current 77 to a goal of eighty-eight.
“Both sides made significant concessions during these negotiations, and we are grateful for the musicians’ willingness to work with us to reach a new agreement,” said Virginia Hepner, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. “Over the last several difficult weeks of negotiations, both sides recognized that we all share the same goals and aspirations – we all want a world class orchestra that the musicians and city are proud of and one that has long-term financial stability. We believe this new agreement is one that will allow us to achieve those goals.”
The 70th anniversary season of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will now open on Thursday, Nov. 13th at Symphony Hall, with Robert Spano conducting performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.