November 8, 2012 in Letters, Opinion

Support for musicians

 

Thank you for the timely Oct. 18 photo of the principal bass of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Patrick McNally, demonstrating his instrument in a free concert for over 1,000 fourth-graders. It is timely because he and his fellow musicians are presently in negotiations with symphony management for a new contract. Terms include “a 13.3 percent pay cut for core members, with further reductions for some members; no guaranteed wages for the second year; difficult attendance policy which inhibits other employment.”

In addition to their symphony schedule, the orchestra members have many obligations: concerts in public schools and in neighboring cities, the new Splash series, Labor Day concerts, Summer Soirees, Winter Soirees, Sandpoint Festival, Accordion Festival, and more. These events require a variety of music and intense preparation. Their wages must be supplemented by other employment.

Spokane is very fortunate to have this top-quality symphony, with highly esteemed conductors, and a beautiful theater to enhance our cultural life. They meld a fabulous music experience worthy of the standing ovation received at every performance. The musicians are the backbone of this organization and deserve the best possible.

As a contributor and subscriber, I strongly urge an equitable resolution to these negotiations.

Suzanne Grainger

Spokane


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