DSO Cancels Concerts Amid Strike

Musicians' Hit Picket Lines

DETROIT - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has canceled concerts amid an ongoing musicians' strike.

Chief Executive and President Anne Parsons made the announcement Wednesday at Orchestra Hall in Detroit.

"The DSO concerts this week are canceled. That's a sad state of affairs for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra," said Parsons.

The DSO was to perform Thursday at Michigan State University's Wharton Center, then open the season Friday in Detroit.

Orchestra officials plan to announce the status of next week's performances on Tuesday.

The musicians hit the picket line after refusing to accept pay cuts demanded by the financially struggling symphony.

"I want to say we are so disappointed as well. I hope to see you back on stage. We hope to be back as soon as possible," said violinist Caroline Coade.

Management last month began implementing a 33 percent base pay cut for orchestra veterans, from $104,650 to $70,200 in the first year. Musicians had offered a 22 percent reduction in the first year to $82,000, which would increase in subsequent years.

"None at all. We are willing to sacrifice," said a picketing musician Ken Thompkins.

DSO officials said customers with tickets to this weekend's performances can hold on to their tickets for future shows, donate the cost of them to the DSO or ask for a refund.

For more information, contact the Concert Information Hotline at 313-576-5123.

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