Musicians Plan Musical Protest at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Classic Arts News   Musicians Plan Musical Protest at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Musicians from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra and other groups will play outside the Benedum Center this week in protest of PBT's decision to perform to recorded music this season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The PBT opens its season with performances of Amadeo Amodio's version of Carmen tomorrow and October 7, 8, and 9. The company, which ran a million-dollar deficit last season, announced in August that it would forgo live music in order to save about $500,000.

The musicians will play for an hour before each performance this weekend, but will not attempt to disrupt the performances, according to the Post-Gazette.

The protesters will include members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Akron Symphony, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra, and music teachers from local grade schools and universities.

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