Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Asks Musicians to Reopen Contract

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The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has asked its musicians to renegotiate the terms of their contract, the company confirmed yesterday.

The talks come just six months before the contract is due to expire. A spokesperson said that the PBT was seeking to reduce costs for the remainder of the season, which includes productions of Sleeping Beauty in February, A Tribute to Paul Simon in March, and Madame Butterfly in April.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, fundraising, subscriptions for the 2005-06 season, and ticket sales for the company's holiday performances of The Nutcracker have fallen short of expectations.

Musicians agreed to pay cuts of 10 percent and 5 percent in September 2001 and October 2003, respectively. The ballet company was facing budget deficits on both occasions.

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