Baltimore Symphony cancels or relocates concerts at Strathmore Music Center due to venue’s contract dispute with ticket sellers

Posted on: November 2, 2021

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has canceled or relocated five performances in November and December that were scheduled for the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, where a labor dispute continues,” writes Dan Schere in Sunday’s (10/28) Bethesda Magazine (MD). “The BSO, a founding partner of Strathmore, has canceled multiple performances throughout the fall due to an ongoing labor dispute between Strathmore’s management and a union that represents ticket sellers. In July 2020, Strathmore laid off 19 ticket office workers due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 868, the union that represents the Strathmore workers who were laid off, later filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. Strathmore has gradually been bringing back the laid-off workers…. As of Wednesday, labor negotiations between Strathmore and IATSE Local 868 remained unresolved…. Wednesday evening, Strathmore said that it is trying to finalize its agreements with the BSO and the IATSE…. The BSO said in a press release on Wednesday … ‘while we remain eager and ready to return to The Music Center … we are faced with no other options than to relocate or cancel our five remaining programs scheduled in 2021.’ ”