The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Inc. (WCO) and the American Federation of Musicians Local 116 have announced that they have signed a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement. The contract, which begins in September, allows the orchestra to continue its Concerts on the Square and Master Works series, while expanding its presence in Madison and across the state. The orchestra also announced that four new concerts have been added to this season. “We are very pleased to have negotiated and signed this new agreement with our world-class musicians quickly, collaboratively and amicably,” said Mark Cantrell, executive director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. “Our new contract represents the commitment of the musicians of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra to continuing to provide the concert series that have become great traditions in Madison, while working to create new performance and other traditions across Wisconsin,” said Brian Whitty, a trombonist and President of the American Federation of Musicians Local 116. Led by Music Director Andrew Sewell, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs approximately 30 concerts per year, with a core orchestra of 34 musicians and a permanent home in the Overture Center for the Arts.
Posted June 30, 2014