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The Dispatch wrote Musicians to hold own version of summer pops

Thursday, July 3, 2008

BY JEFFREY SHEBAN

Central Ohioans will get a chance to picnic with the pops this summer after all. Seeking to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Columbus Symphony’s outdoor summer concerts, orchestra musicians will hold two pops concerts next week.

The self-produced concerts will be next Friday in Dublin (outdoors) and July 12 Downtown (indoors). Proceeds will benefit symphony musicians, who have been without pay and benefits since June. The symphony’s board of trustees suspended operations June 1 amid projected budget deficits and canceled the popular summer pops series.

Meanwhile, talks aimed at producing a new labor contract, last held on Memorial Day, will resume Monday, this time with the help of two mediators. The parties would like to negotiate a new contract in time to salvage the 2008-09 symphony season, which starts in October.

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