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The Detroit Symphony Has Been Forced To Cancel The Rest Of Its Season

  The bad news continues in the Detroit Symphony orchestra's strike ,which has lasted since last October .  The orchestra's management ,unable to reach an agreement with the musicians , has decided to cancel the rest of the season through June .

  There is a possibility of some Summer concerts , but nothing before then .  This is unprecedented in the long and illustrious history of America's top orchestras .  What effect this decision to cancel the rest of the season will have on the orchestra in the future is uncertain , but the orchestra's existence definitely in Jeopardy .  The Detroit symphony has had such eminent conductors as Sixten Ehrling ,Paul Paray , Gunter Herbig , and Neeme Jarvi as its music directors , and has made many acclaimed recordings for such record labels as Decca ,Chandos and Mercury .
 
  The orchestra was recently able to secure the services of the eminent American conductor Leonard Slatkin ,66, to succeed the equally eminent Estonian conductor Neeme Jarvi , but this did not prevent the labor and economic woes of the orchestra from causing a lengthy strike. Slarkin had already begun to make recordings with the orchestra,including a live Naxos recording of Rachmaninov's sumptuous 2nd symphony .  Slatkin has also recently become music director of the Lyon symphony in France , that nation's second largest city.

  The musicians and the management were unable to agree on such matters as pay cuts , helath care benefits and reduction of the orchestra's size , which have been caused by the economic woes of the Motor City .  In better days , the auto industry provided generous support for the orchestra and it flourished for decades . 
 
  Detroit Senator Carl Levin was involved in the negotitions , and it's reassuring to know that
   politicians who care about the arts actually exist !   But let's all hope that the Detroit Symphony will rise from the economic and labor morass and continue to brighten the existence of Motor Town . 
Posted: Feb 21 2011, 05:56 PM by the horn | with no comments
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