Citing Kimmel labor troubles, Chamber Orchestra cancels concerts

Rather than waiting for the outcome of upcoming talks between the Kimmel Center and IATSE, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is canceling its October concerts.

The orchestra announced Thursday morning that it looked for, but could find, an alternate venue for the Oct. 16 and 17 concerts with conductor Mischa Santora and pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff in the Perelman Theater.

The Kimmel and the union representing its stagehands, ushers, box office and wardrobe workers went on an 18-hour strike last weekend before declaring a "cooling off" period in talks for a new contract. Negotiations are expected to begin next week. The chamber orchestra's rehearsals were to have begun Oct. 12.