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Orchestra News

Philadelphia Orchestra Settles New Contract Early

For the first time in its history, The Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and management agreed to a new contract ahead of the deadline, which was September 16.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Goes On Strike

At odds with management over salary and pension issues, musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), members of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) went on strike at midnight, March 11.

Toronto Symphony Launches Relaxed Performances Series

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has announced a new Relaxed Performances series, designed specifically for people living with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, communication disorders, and learning disabilities.

Saga of Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ Contract Talks Continues

Continuing to rehearse and perform under the terms of an expired CBA since January 15, Baltimore Symphony Musicians are also working hard to build political support in both Baltimore City Hall and the Maryland state legislature for increased public funding.

ANIM: Returning Music to Afghanistan

Under the Taliban, the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) would have been unthinkable. Now it strives to bring music to a land where it had all but disappeared.

Orchestra of St. Luke’s Announces DeGaetano Composition Institute Participants

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) in New York City has announced the participants in its inaugural DeGaetano Composition Institute, to take place July 2019 at the orchestra’s home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

Edmonton Symphony Players Collect Money for Food Bank

For the past 10 years, during intermissions in their December festive season concerts, members of the Edmonton Symphony Players Association go into the lobby to solicit monetary contributions to the Edmonton Food Bank from audience members.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Votes to Authorize Strike

On February 13, musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), represented by Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) voted to authorize a strike beginning March 10, if negotiations for a new contract are not complete.

Baltimore Symphony Musicians Continue to Champion Their Cause

In partnership with Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Baltimore Symphony Musicians planned to host an event February 27 to build support among politicians and other civic leaders as the musicians continue their fight for a fair contract.

Philadelphia Orchestra Plans New Tour to China

At the end of January, The Philadelphia Orchestra announced plans for its 12th tour to China, in celebration of 40 years of official diplomatic ties between the US and China.