Like Brexit and the Trump election, the musicians’ strike at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra denotes a society where two halves have lost all faith in each other.
The players want a restoration of past prestige and security, perhaps illusory (Brexit). The board speaks of balancing the books and making other people pay (Trump).
It is a sad – yes, tragic – outcome in an organisation where dedicated people are found at every level and the desire to make the best music ever heard is universally shared.
In common with other current divisions, people on both sides of the line feel powerless.
The pickets will be out at eight a.m.