Carnegie Hall Cancels Opening Concert by Philly Orchestra

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013  |  Updated 4:36 PM EDT
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Carnegie Hall Cancels Concert by Philly Orchestra

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Carnegie Hall is canceling its season opening concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra due to a stagehands strike.

The New York concert hall says Wednesday's performance with violinist Joshua Bell has been cancelled. Future performances remain on schedule.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Carnegie Hall have been in talks over a new contract since mid-2012.

Carnegie Hall says the dispute centers on the union's demand for jurisdiction over the Education Wing that's set to open next year.

It says that would divert funds from its music education programs and into stagehand fees.

A recorded message on the union's telephone says it walked out because it couldn't reach an agreement. No one immediately returned a call for comment.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra instead plans a free "pop up" concert Wednesday evening at its Kimmel Center home.
 

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