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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right

In an 11/25/2013 article from The New Yorker, the ever sharp Alex Ross vents some frustration toward the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) leadership, the growing difficulty of mid and smaller budgets org to pull funding from the name brand institutions, and the ennui that is political concerns about culture. Ross doesn’t mince words and goes […]

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A Difference Of Opinions In San Francisco

Following up on yesterday’s post about the assertions made in a San Francisco Symphony (SFS) musicians’ statement that the SFS attribute their decision to go on strike due, in part, to ineptitude on the part of the board’s negotiation team. I contacted SFS Director of Communications, Oliver Theil, to see if the SFS had any […]

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Ratified But Unresolved In San Fran?

Over the weekend, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (SFS) and its musicians finally wrapped up the contentious labor dispute that led to a strike and tour cancellation. Details of the agreement have been trickling out in edited press release format but any meaningful analysis won’t be possible until the complete agreement is made public. Nonetheless, […]

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Did San Fran Just Do An M. Night Shyamalan?

According to an article by Janos Gereben in the 4/8/2013 edition of the San Francisco Classical Voice it appears that the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (SFO) may not be as close to an agreement as once believed. Gereben reports that neither the SFO nor the musicians have confirmed official approval of the tentative agreement that […]

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Potential Agreement In San Francisco

No, it isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) released a statement late in the day on Easter Sunday, 3/31/2013 announcing a tentative agreement between the orchestra and its striking musicians. Details are few, but if the agreement is ratified by the musicians, concert activity will begin as early as Tuesday, […]

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These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For…

There’s a terrific article by Janos Gereben in the 3/25/2013 edition of the San Francisco Classical Voice that begins to push past much of the talking point fluff coming from the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and its musicians. In short, there’s plenty of ambiguous spin and attempted caginess to go around; all of which only […]

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Nothing Good To Report From San Francisco

Unfortunately, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) labor disputes continues and in the wake of the East Coast tour cancellation, both sides have been issuing statements attempting to strengthen their respective public positions. Moments after the musicians voted against the federal mediator’s proposed 60 day “cooling off” period, the SFS issued a statement confirming the cancellation […]

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