Skip to comments.San Francisco Symphony cancels East Coast tour as strike continues (demand is $145,979 plus)
Posted on 03/18/2013 6:08:14 PM PDT by Libloather
The San Francisco Symphony said on Sunday that it has canceled its upcoming East Coast tour as its musicians continue to strike over compensation.
Orchestra management said in a statement that musicians rejected a "cooling off" period that would have allowed concerts to resume.
Musicians went on strike on Wednesday after contract negotiations fell through. The orchestra said on Sunday that musicians have rejected a number of proposals, including one that offered increases in musician compensation to achieve a new annual minimum salary of $145,979 with annual increases of 1% and 2%.
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i love music but if that is their demand it is no wonder the music has died in San Francisco. absurd
Public outrage will be up there with the Hockey strike...
post of the day! yep I can see the utter outrage from the public!
They need to raise ticket prices I guess.
or they can all quit and launch their own orchestra and pay themselves whatever they like. :p
Make ticket buyers pay unsubsidized prices and see how long these advanced flute-a-phone players last.
Many classical musicians feel that playing other people’s compositions along with 40 other people warrants special consideration.
Most classical musicians are also batcrap insane. Seems that somewhere along the line perspective goes out the window. Especially since many Chinese/Japanese schoolkids play at their level and think themselves normal, not special.
well, the market will tell....if little commotion, little distress, the musicians will get the msg.....its their right to strike for better pay, but it can also be their undoing..
Well, I’m outraged. I’d like to string them all up!
Well...if you consider baseball’s minimum salary for 2012 was $480k a year....just to be a back-up infielder for the Kansas City Royals....then this $145k isn’t too bad of a deal.
My question is...if you sign up....could they trade you to St Louis or Detroit?
My bet goes with them IGNORING the message and going on a diva-like tantrum spree until we adopt a full “BBC’ model of government funding for the arts.
Throw up your hands,
Stick out your tush,
Hands on your hips,
Give ‘em a push
You’ll be surprised,
you’re doing the San Franciscan Mistake
I guess they can always extend their career switching to playing the boneophones and male organs in SF.
Anheuser-Busch doesn't spend hundreds of millions of dollars to interrupt Beethoven's 9th 18 times to tell you to buy Budweiser.
Meanwhile they’ve priced tickets way beyond what most people can afford. So they’re only catering to “the one percent” or so. Pretty selfish especially for artists in a city which prides itself on its advanced socialism. (They do give an annual free concert, I suppose that’s their sop to whatevers left of their “social conscious”.). I say let’s open it up to those super-talented kids !
The only thing they did worth a shit was with Metallica.
Sad But True
2nd rate orchestra, anyway. They’re lucky to be working at all.
I had the misfortune to know a Julliard grad who was one of that type. Believe me. If you think the average lib could care whether or not you draw breath, many of the ‘musical elite’ wish you wouldn’t. In fact, this one guy was literally offended that ‘commoners’ (yes, he used that term) were ALLOWED to listen to classical music at all.
“starving artists” is obviously a phrase from the past.
Wow! Well, in a city with so much free food, free love, free healthcare (provided by the city before obamacommiekare was imposed), the music should logically also be free. What’s love or a good meal without music, after all? Why should music be denied the lumpenproletariat and large welfare freeloading class? is there some sort of elite snobbism or even class prejudice in san fransicko these days, or what? Let’s let those talrnted (mostly immigrant) kids play pretty music for the masses. Free the music! Music for the people!! Up with music! Liberate the music from the elite snobs!
Are you crazy? The drooling masses cannot appreciate or understand the greatness! It is a worse crime to allow a filthy ‘commoner’ to enjoy such music. It cheapens it. Bach et all did not compose for street trash. They created for the educated, and far superior elites of their day. for our generation to sully their lifes’ work ...well, better to stomp babies and puppies.
The above was VERY close to what I was told. I added the babies/puppies. The rest? Pretty much word for word.
A Christmas classic nearly became a casualty of the strike. Days before the walkout, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians worked frantically to complete their recording of A Visit from St. Nicholas, and they barely got it "in the can" before the strike began. Otherwise, this recording that remains popular to this day would almost certainly never have come into existence.
Absent the instrumentalists, popular music took on some interesting sounds and characteristics. Some of the big hits of 1943, including Oh, What a Beautiful Morning by Frank Sinatra, People Will Say We're In Love by Bing Crosby & Trudy Erwin, with the Sportsmen Quartet, and Dick Haymes' Put Your Arms Around Me used background singers, but no instruments.
When the strike was finally settled, many of the strikers were unable to go back to work. They found that the public's tastes had changed, and big bands were no longer as popular as they had been before the strike. Singers and combo jazz were now in vogue, and an uptempo, bluesy sound, later to morph into rock and roll, was gaining an audience.
After Federal and California taxes on a salary like that, $150K isn’t that much to live on in San Francisco.
And you can bet that MAYBE one member of that Orch voted for anyone BUT Obama or the SF regime.
A side note but sorta related. As an amateur musico, I read a lot of musician related forums. The number of musicians perfectly fine with piracy would stagger you.
And in the very same threads, those very same people scream loudly how it sucks that the record companies are going broke so the music no longer has value. Total reality disconnect.
Clearly we need to legislate mandatory ticket purchases for those citizens that are able to earn income. That way the “revenue” would make the work product of these talented folks available to all and reduce costs at the same time. (Do I need the /s tag?)
“String them all up”
Cello out! There’s no call for violins.
Point taken... maybe there’s no need for “violins”, but I really think these disgruntled musicians are striking the wrong note with this holdout. There’s enough dischord in society already.
As good faith productive Americans, we need to have a movement away from this swell of negative, orchestrated behavior!
Nice Roxy Music reference in your tagline!
I doubt they get much in the way of public funding; most of their money come from donations from all the rich patrons they have. The Symphony isn't hurting for money.
"This is devasting news!" said nobody on the east coast.
Then this is merely entertainment?
The answer is for those employees to quit and launch their own orchestra and pay themselves whatever they want
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