St. Louis Symphony Musicians to Perform Tsunami Benefit Despite Work Stoppage

Classic Arts News   St. Louis Symphony Musicians to Perform Tsunami Benefit Despite Work Stoppage
 
The musicians of the St. Louis Symphony will perform a benefit on January 14 for the victims of the deadly tsunami that struck southern Asia last month, despite the labor crisis that has forced the cancellation of two of the orchestra's concerts.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the concert had been planned before the work stoppage began on January 3, and musicians decided to go forward. They will donate their services.

"The concert is completely separate from the lockout," principal hornist Jennifer Montone said. "It's just a way of continuing to do what we do, to have music be an instrument for good."

SLSO performances came to a halt after the musicians' contract expired on January 2. Musicians are calling the work stoppage a lockout; management says it's a strike. The two sides have been unable to reach an agreement on salary.

The concert, at the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall at Webster University, will feature music by Mozart, Dvoršk, Copland, and Massenet. George Silfies, a former principal clarinetist for the SLSO, will conduct. No tickets are required. More information can be found at www.stlsymphony.org, a web site set up by the musicians.


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