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Philadelphia Orchestra Moves Opening Night Performance And Gala To Penn In Light Of Stagehands Strike

(credit:  Ryan Donnell)

(credit: Ryan Donnell)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Kimmel Center won’t host the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Opening night festivities on October 13th. Instead, the University of Pennsylvania will do the honors.

The Orchestra decided to make the move because of uncertainty surrounding negotiations between the Kimmel Center and the local stagehands union.

Several venues were considered but in the end Penn’s Irvine Auditorium will host the opening night concert, followed by the Gala dinner at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.

Orchestra Executive Vice President Ari Solotoff says they hope to continue the rest of the season at the Kimmel but are preparing in case there’s no deal.

In a statement, the Kimmel Center supports the Orchestra’s decision and says the move doesn’t indicate any outcome, either way, in the labor talks.

But the Kimmel Center did offer optimism that Tuesday’s negotiations with the stagehands would be productive.

Reported By Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio