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The Kids Aren't Alright: Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and ASO Forced From First Seven Weeks of Season

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 22, 2014 07:35 PM EDT

The fight between the heads at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians has been viciously ongoing. For the parent organization, their next move targets the kids as they suspend the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra as it cancels the opening seven weeks of its season, from Sept. 25 through Nov. 8.

With more than 400 youths having signed up to compete all have to wait if the suits can find a way to satiate the needs of their orchestra. However, this would not be the first orchestra this year to hit turbulence.

For the young contenders in this year's auditions, the suspension of the ASYO came especially hard. As the organization and its musicians couldn't reach common ground, the kids seemingly have to bare the heat as well.

The Metropolitan Opera and other organizations like the Minnesota Orchestra found significant strife earlier this year. Luckily both teams were able to find a way out of the hole.

If recent events are any sort of compass, it stands that they will find a way soon. But as the opening weeks have been cancelled, it will be hard to find their footing thereafter.

Until then, sadly, there isn't anything more disheartening than having to disappoint the children who are only aspiring for musicianhood. It's a bad sign when these problems come at such a young age.

For more insight on who's caught in the middle, read Rachel Anders' story here.

For now, here's a look at last year's ASYO.

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