November 14, 1999 |
Members of the Radio City Music Hall orchestra in New York City voted to authorize a strike if they do not settle on a new contract with the company that manages the famous theater, the musicians' union said. The orchestra has been working without a contract since May 15 and has been negotiating with Radio City Productions since September. Judy West, a spokeswoman for Local 802, said that without a contract a strike is likely before the end of the year.
May 13, 1998 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the nation's Big Five, hits the centennial mark in two years. Its history is a list of firsts and top honors. It was the first to make an electrical recording (in 1925) and the first to play on the soundtrack of a feature film--"The Big Broadcast of 1937"--and this was three years before playing in Walt Disney's famous "Fantasia."
February 11, 1997 |
San Francisco Symphony musicians ratified a new contract Monday, ending a nine-week strike that forced cancellation of 48 concerts and could cost the organization millions of dollars. Rehearsals were scheduled to resume immediately. Members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 6, voted 54-41 for the contract, which made concessions on pensions and wages but did not address concerns about scheduling of additional Sunday concerts.
December 16, 1996
Talks Saturday between San Francisco Symphony officials and striking players produced no results, according to Julia Inouye of the orchestra staff. The talks followed action Friday by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to bring both sides together. No further talks are planned, Inouye said.
September 22, 1996 |
The nearly two-week run of "La Cage aux Folles," which closes today at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, was picketed by members of Professional Musicians Local 47. Union fliers distributed to theatergoers accused the producer, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, of asking orchestra members to take a 50% pay cut. Meanwhile, inside the theater, the Civic Light Opera's executive director, James Blackman, delivered sardonic pre-curtain remarks about the situation to his customers.