Musicians strike takes Chicago to the wire

It was touch and go in Chicago last night as to whether the Grant Park Music Festival would open on time.

The organisers cancelled the opening concert late yesterday afternoon after the orchestra, represented by Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208, called a strike.

Late in the day, agreement was reached. Carlos Kalmar will lead the Grant Park Orchestra tonight in a programme of Barber, Poulenc, and Mussorgsky.

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  • I was unaware of the strike. But the concert was marred by even more than the usual number of blaring fire trucks going by on Michigan Avenue. Two or three is normal; five or six is really pushing it.

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