March 5, 1992 |
The Plot Thickens: Ballerina Cynthia Gregory and her eight co-plaintiffs are widening their class-action lawsuit against the ballet dancers labor union by adding fraud and racketeering charges. Filed last October, the suit against the American Guild of Musical Artists seeks $20 million in damages and reform of pension plans. The new claims, announced this week in New York, allege that union officials violated federal laws by concealing pension data from the dancers for more than five years.
January 22, 1991 |
Dampened Dancing: Because of security problems, Martha Graham has called off performances of her dance company at the Paris Opera that were to start today. The American Guild of Musical Artists--the dancers' labor union--informed the dance troupe that because of the Middle East crisis it will not allow the dancers to travel to Paris for the weeklong engagement. The cancellation will leave the company with $140,000 in expenses that would have been covered by the Paris Opera production. . . .
July 28, 1988 |
Negotiators for the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Chorus went back to the bargaining table Tuesday, one week after contract talks broke down. "I think we're close to a settlement," said Mark Rongone, lawyer for the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents the 60-member opera chorus. Negotiators met with federal mediator Maggie Jacobsen in Rongone's office. The opera has warned that a quick settlement is needed so that the fall season, which is scheduled to open Sept.
September 27, 1990 |
The Opera Must Go On: Officials of the Washington Opera said Wednesday that a strike by the company's chorus over demands for higher pay would not disrupt the season's Nov. 3 opener. The 125-member chorus voted almost unanimously to walk out Monday night after management's final offer was rejected, said Joshua Kaufman, regional representative of the American Guild of Musical Artists.
January 4, 1992
It was gratifying to read Martin Bernheimer's favorable comments about the recent performance of Mozart's Requiem and "Ave verum corpus" motet by 48 members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz as part of a memorial concert on the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death ("Schwarz's Mozart for the Masses," Dec. 7). What Bernheimer did not mention, and may not know, is that the Master Chorale prepared its superb performance in only one piano rehearsal and only one rehearsal with the orchestra, something only a chorus of true professionals could accomplish.