Striking Symphony Musicians to Play Concert Thursday

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013  |  Updated 9:27 AM PDT
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Raw Video: SF Symphony on Strike, Cancels Carnegie Hall

This violin has not been playing in the San Francisco Symphony as a labor dispute cancels concerts.

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San Francisco Symphony Threatens to Strike

San Francisco Symphony musicians are seeking roughly around a 5% raise to keep them on par with the Los Angeles and Chicago orchestras, the only two earning more than San Francisco.

Raw Video: SF Symphony on Strike, Cancels Carnegie Hall

Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony strike on March 18, 2013.
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San Francisco Symphony musicians plan to hold a small public concert Thursday as their strike against symphony management passes the one-week point.

The musicians went on strike on March 13, prompting the subsequent cancellation of multiple concerts at Davies Symphony Hall last week as well as a three-city East Coast tour.

A brass quartet will play at 11:30 a.m. outside the symphony hall, where other musicians and their supporters will also picket.

The musicians are unhappy with proposals by management that they said do not allow them to stay competitive with other top orchestras in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Symphony officials have said substantial pay hikes are not likely since operating expenses have outpaced income for the past four years.

San Francisco Symphony musicians make an average of $165,000, the third-highest total behind Chicago and Los Angeles, but the musicians say the costs of living in the Bay Area and expensive instruments take up a large chunk of their paychecks.

The latest updates on the labor negotiations and possible cancellations of other upcoming symphony concerts can be found online at www.sfsymphony.org.

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