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Baltimore symphony delays start of season amid labor dispute

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in 2016. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in 2016. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra isn’t starting its 2019-20 season as scheduled because of an extended labor dispute with its musicians.

The orchestra announced a free concert set for Saturday evening was delayed by one week. The Baltimore Sun reports the concert is designed to preview compositions the orchestra was perform over the next nine months.

An orchestra news advisory on Friday called the work stoppage a strike. Musicians describe their refusal to rehearse or perform without a contract the continuation of a summer-long lockout they call illegal. Musicians filed a complaint this week with the National Labor Relations Board alleging unfair labor practices.

Musicians planned to perform at their own event at a local church on Saturday.

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