Symphony Board Chairman Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, asked if the musicians had submitted resignations, replied, "In written and oral statements made by the musicians, they have indicated that they are forming their own resident symphonic organization, different than and separate from the Honolulu Symphony Society."
"News to me," bassoonist Paul Barrett said in a Facebook posting.
The Honolulu Symphony ran out of money in the middle of its last season, filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy law, and has been looking for way to relaunch, but with sharp differences between the musicians and the management.
A week ago the management said the two sides were deadlocked in contract talks, with the union proposing a concert season almost as extensive as the one that was interrupted by money running out, while management wanted to cut back to a handful of concerts. Since the musicians are paid by the service - each performance and each rehearsal is considered one service - the abbreviated schedule would have cut most of the musicians' pay.
The musicians have routinely performed outside work, mostly in chamber ensembles. It was not immediately clear if the existing contract bars working for another orchestra in the same city, though enterprises in Chapter 11 have broad authority to back out of existing contracts if the bankruptcy court agrees.