An orchestra titled Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth are playing in the pit this week for Texas Ballet Theater’s production of Carmen.
That’s unusual. What happened is that the Fort Worth Symphony and the musicians discreetly agreed to allow third-party hires during the wage strike. Special dispensation was also given in to keep Miguel Harth-Bedoya on the ballet podium. Texas Ballet Theater plans to increase its budget by 50%. Who knows, maybe the enlarged ballet will offer the musicians a better deal.
FWSO musicians at ballet (c) slippedisc.com
Less happily, the striking musicians found that Bass Hall has padlocked their lockers and scraped off their names.