It was smiles all round as the Philadelphia Orchestra struck a 4-year pay deal with its musicians last night, six months ahead of deadline.
The musicians will get a 2% pay rise in year one, 2.5% in year two, 2.5% in year three, and 3% in year four. Two musician posts that were cut in the last showdown are to be restored and Sunday afternoon concerts are to be increased from 12 to 18.
“The spirit of the process that brings us to this new agreement reflects the beauty of the musicians, of the people of the Association, and of The Philadelphia Orchestra as one whole passionate musical body that I have come to know and love, very much, in these seven years together,” said Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “We are here to engage in the joy of music, to be part of the heart and the soul of the beautiful communities of Philadelphia—and now we have a new, long horizon ahead of us. My deep thanks to all for this, for your generosity and commitment.”
Meanwhile, the Chicago Symphony has cancelled two concerts and, though talks are scheduled with the actuaries on Friday, both sides are getting entrenched in a long-established ritual.
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