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Nov 8, 2014 5:44 PM

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra players ratify contract

The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra management has announced agreement with its players on a four-year contract and says the orchestra's 70th anniversary season will open Thursday.

The symphony said in a statement Saturday that it's looking forward to the season after 10 months of negotiations, which were marked by a two-month player lockout. It says musicians will receive a 6-percent pay increase over four years and will pay increased premiums to participate in a high-deductible health plan.

One of the most contentious issues was the size of the orchestra, which is to rise from 77 musicians to 88 players over four years.

Both sides say they are satisfied with the agreement.

Conducted by music director Robert Spano, the orchestra will open with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5.


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