St. Louis Symphony Cancels More Concerts; Mediation Set for February 16

Classic Arts News   St. Louis Symphony Cancels More Concerts; Mediation Set for February 16
The St. Louis Symphony has canceled concerts scheduled for February 18 and 20 because of its ongoing labor crisis. The two performances are the 14th and 15th subscription concerts to be canceled since musicians turned down management's final contract offer on January 3.

The two sides will meet tomorrow for the first time since the work stoppage began, when negotiators sit down with a federal mediator.

The concerts were to have been conducted by Seattle Symphony music director Gerard Schwarz; violinist Leila Josefowicz was the scheduled guest soloist. The program included Hovhaness's Mountain of Prophecy, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, and Holst's The Planets. Ticket holders may exchange their tickets or receive a refund.

The orchestra also announced that it had postponed a free concert in celebration of Black History Month scheduled for February 19.

The major issue separating the two sides is salary: musicians say they deserve more money after accepting a pay cut when the SLSO was in financial crisis three years ago; orchestra officials insist that the group cannot afford a raise.

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