In the first week, everything seemed to be going the musicians’ way after they walked out in a dispute over pensions. Their music director Riccardo Muti (pictured) showed his solidarity, as did the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
Second week, they were still ahead, with free concerts for the deprived public and solid support across the music community.
Then talks were called off and a freeze set in. The two sides have not faced each other in a fortnight. The board is cancelling concerts week by week. The musicians have toned down their rhetoric, but there’s no-one listening on the other side.
This board tactic will rebound unless talks resume soon. The public tends to blame whoever is not talking. At the moment, that’s the CSOA. They’re losing this unless they come back to the table.