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Friday, October 4, 2013

Carnegie Hall Strike Ends

Historic venue open for business as usual.
by Paul J. Pelkonen

A mysterious force removed the rat (seen previously) from the Carnegie Hall stage.
Photo provided by Carnegie Hall. Laughably crude photoshop by the author.
In an announcement from Carnegie Hall today, stagehands at New York City's legendary classical concert venue have voted to accept a two-year contract, putting an end to a two-day strike. This was the first strike in the long history of Carnegie Hall.


Casualties of the labor dispute (which was largely over union jurisdiction of the venue's new educational spaces, slated to open in 2014) included this season's opening night gala featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra. However, the return to negotiations yesterday allowed a Thursday night concert by the American Symphony Orchestra to go forward.

The rest of the 2013-2014 Carnegie Hall schedule is expected to continue as planned, with the notable exception of the Nov. 2 and 3 concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra. Those are cancelled due to that ensemble's current lockout of its musicians and the recent resignation of music director Ösmo Vänska.




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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.