BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Musicians have been in contract negotiations for nearly a year.
The musicians put aside their labor troubles Saturday to celebrate Baltimore with a free concert at new Shiloh Baptist Church.READ MORE: COVID In Maryland: 786 New Cases As Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Fall
A free season preview concert scheduled for Saturday at the Meyerhoff was postponed by BSO Management after negotiations broke down last week.
Brian Prechtl, of the Baltimore Symphony Musicians Players’ Committee, said he’s hopeful the two sides can come to an agreement.READ MORE: National Guard Protecting U.S. Capitol Served 'Raw, Moldy Food,' Some With Metal Shavings, Report Says
“They broke down but that’s often part of a negotiation,” said Prechtl. “I’m very hopeful that we’re going to be back to the table soon. I’m very hopeful we’re going to have this orchestra back on the stage soon.”
The new Shiloh Baptist Church concert was organized by the musicians themselves and took place as planned. The BSO was not involved in that event.
The musicians have been picketing outside the Meyerhoff for weeks. The BSO characterized the dispute as a strike, but the musicians said it is a continuation of a summer-long lockout. They are now entering their 14th week.MORE NEWS: March 5 Marks 1 Year Since First COVID Cases Reported In Maryland, Gov. Hogan Declares Friday A Day Of Remembrance
As of Saturday, no further talks had been scheduled.