The musicians of the Columbus Symphony late last week rejected the orchestra board's latest offer on a new contract. There is a fundamental difference of opinion at work here, and it remains to be seen how it will all play out.

The musicians believe they've offered enough in the way of "shared sacrifice." Read the statement here.

The board cites market demands that call for a significant restructure of its annual operating budget. Download the linked PDF document to read the board's positions. Download file

This is more than a labor dispute, in The Beat's opinion. This is part of an ongoing process in which a variety of determining factors are charting the future of the arts in Columbus and central Ohio. Pay attention.