Two More Concerts Canceled Due to Work Stoppage at St. Louis Symphony

Classic Arts News   Two More Concerts Canceled Due to Work Stoppage at St. Louis Symphony
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has canceled concerts scheduled for February 4 and 5 due to the ongoing labor dispute between orchestra management and musicians.

No other concerts have been canceled at this time, according to a press release from the orchestra.

The concerts were to be conducted by Jun M‹rkl, with solo performances from pianist Jonathan Biss and soprano Mary Wilson. The program included Poulenc's Gloria, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Franck's Symphony in D minor.

Patrons holding tickets to these concerts have been offered the option of a refund or tickets to another concert.

The work stoppage began on January 3, the day after the musicians' contract expired. The musicians have rejected management's most recent offer, saying that after accepting a pay cut three years ago, they deserve a raise. The orchestra's management says that another pay cut is necessary.

Musicians continue to refer to the stoppage as a lockout, while management says that it is a strike.

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