Strathmore labor dispute prompts Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to move 2 concerts

Two upcoming concerts of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Montgomery County have been moved to Baltimore due to a labor dispute at Strathmore.

Two upcoming Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts in Montgomery County, Maryland have been moved to Baltimore due to a labor dispute at Strathmore.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra said it has moved its two season opening concerts from its Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore due to an ongoing labor dispute with the ticket sellers.

The two performances at 8 p.m. will still take place on the dates originally scheduled, Saturday September 25 and Saturday October 2.

The change of venue was effected by “to support the efforts of Strathmore and IATSE Local 868, the union that represents the Strathmore ticket office workers” and “to give the BSO and Strathmore more time to finalize an annual license agreement for the 2021-22 season of the BSO. “the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra said in a press release.

The union that represents ticket sellers filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after Strathmore laid off all of its staff at the start of the COVID-19 crisis. This dispute has not yet been resolved.

Earlier this year, Strathmore offered ticket booths at the site upon return from in-person performances, but the International Alliance of Theater Workers said the move would threaten the job security of ticket offices.

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