Classical music: The Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras start their seasons with a strike by the players. | October 2, 2016
By Jacob Stockinger
The new concert season is just getting under way.
But not all is happy news and gala events.
Two of the country’s best and most respected orchestras — the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras – have gone on strike. Issues include pay cuts, salary raises and reduced staff.
Performances were cancelled.
The Philadelphians even walked out right on opening night (below, in two photos by Mark Makela for The New York Times). And they played in the streets.
The Fort Worth Symphony in Texas is also out on strike.
Here is a fine story, with a lot of background, from The New York Times:
And here is a story from The Washington Post with other details:
It is enough to deepen your appreciation for the Madison Symphony Orchestra (below top), which very successfully opened its season last weekend, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (below bottom), which will open its season in two weeks.
Here is a link to several reviews and a reprise of the opening MSO concert:
Long live labor peace in Madison and its performing arts groups!
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