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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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