The two sides are getting ready to face off again.
The musicians have been locked out for more than two months. They have given ground on all key points, including a reluctant agreement to accept present player levels at 76 for the time being.
But the WAC and ASO just keep pressing for more.
A new federal mediator, Richard Giacolone, is flying in today and there is hope the gaps can be bridged, allowing play to resume with a scheduled Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony next week.
But the orchestra and arts center boards are just happy to tough it out longer. Their plan, says violist Paul Murphy, president of the ASO Players’ Association, ‘would reduce us to a small-town orchestra.’