The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has canceled its first two weekends of performances after contract talks with the musicians union stalled.
The orchestra said in a statement Saturday that "the gap between what the musicians' union is proposing and what is essential to economically sustain the ISO's future is just too great." The orchestra said it has canceled its Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-23 performances and may cancel others "unless an agreement is reached soon."
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Musicians said in statement that it's "stunned and saddened" the symphony rejected its latest proposal for a short-term contract. That proposal would have allowed the musicians to "play and talk" while earning $1250 a week, or about 17 percent less than their current weekly rate.
The union's contract expired Sept. 2.