Utah Symphony strike negotiators were expected to meet Wednesday afternoon, following what was described as a flurry of activity Tuesday.
Former Utah Gov. Scott M. Matheson, representing striking musicians, confirmed that he and his management counterpart, former Gov. Calvin L. Rampton, were focusing on economic issues while other groups were discussing additional aspects of the three-week contract impasse."We're still a long way apart," Matheson said. "The important thing is everybody's trying and, if a deal is worked out, this week's concerts can be rescheduled."
Although declining official comment, a management spokesman also described the talks as fruitful, but said a resolution would need to be arrived at by Thursday for rehearsals to begin for the weekend concerts. The strike, which began Sept. 1, has already forced a cancellation of four concerts, including last week's season opener.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that C. Stephen Boyd, a Muskogee native and manager of the Utah Symphony, has been chosen as the new executive director of the Tulsa Philharmonic.
Boyd, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir soloist, will assume the post Oct. 17.