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Colorado Springs Philharmonic contract negotiations could affect summer concerts

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Negotiations between the Colorado Springs Philharmonic musicians and Board of Directors continue after their contract was canceled in September due to the pandemic.

"We have been in mediation with a federal mediator in recent weeks and there were some offers from both sides," Players Committee Chair Jeremy Van Hoy said, "But, it doesn't appear that we're very close as of now. So, that has been a good-faith effort, but not fruitful."

KRDO reached out to the Board of Directors for comment, but did not hear back. The Board's position is that cancellation was the only reasonable alternative amid the pandemic.

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While both parties actively seek a solution, this year's summer performances hang in the balance, including the city's '4th of July Symphony on Your Porch' celebration.

"The city of Colorado Springs really enjoyed that event. I think a lot of citizens of Colorado Springs enjoyed that event and they want to do it again this year," Van Hoy said.

The event was modified last year to allow residents to celebrate safely from their own porch. But, Van Hoy said the Philharmonic radio performance alongside the firework show won't happen if a contract agreement isn't reached.

"The union has placed the Philharmonic on the International Unfair List, which means union musicians will not accept work during this time and that extends to licensing these recordings."

While both sides await the outcome of an arbitration hearing Friday, Van Hoy said the musicians remain hopeful.

"I think everyone looks forward to that day so much, to be on the Pikes Peak Center Stage. It's going to be a thrilling moment."

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