The musicians’ contract with the Pittsburgh Symphony expires Sunday night and both sides are maintaining confidentiality but the showdown is following the recent pattern of hardball negotiations in US orchestras.
The organisation – known as ‘management’ – issues an apocalyptic financial analysis to the local newspaper. Cue Peter Gelb at the Met, and before him the English sock-puppet at Minnesota.
The musicians form a separate social media entity, showing themselves to be vital contributors to the local community as educators and entrepreneurs, undervalued by their employers.
The music director says nothing.
Everybody gets caffeinated. It goes to deadline.
There has got to be a better way.