The musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony went on strike Sept. 30. The musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony went on strike Sept. 8. Philadelphia resolved its strike within a few days.
The issues: (1) Musicians object to salary and other cuts that, in their view, diminish artistic quality, and (2) Management maintains that financial cuts are essential to the orchestra's future existence. Both sides claim the other view represents the slippery slope to an inferior cultural institution. [Photo: furtseff/Shutterstock.com]
What is at risk when orchestra musicians strike? If the same issues arise repeatedly among American orchestras, how can management and musicians anticipate the conflict and avoid depriving the audiences?