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Robert Spano Leads Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night, Substitutes Show Consequence of Lockout

by Ian Holubiak   Nov 18, 2014 14:56 PM EST

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In the days following the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's collective bargaining agreement, the company kicked off the season with a performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, led by ASO music director Robert Spano.

But, as Arts Atlanta writer Mark Gresham pointed out, the season opener was more or less slow, stumbling and hard to keep step. In the wake of the lockout, Gresham notes, this is because almost half of the orchestra were substitutes.

Perhaps it's a consequence of the management's indecency in taking this long to come to an agreement with its musicians. Regular tenured players, instead, were obligated to fulfill other temporary engagements made with other orchestras.

Per Arts Atlanta, Spano's attempt to keep the orchestra in fluid motion resulted in a slower tempo than his normal pace.

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