Good news in Phoenix as the Arizona Opera Company and the Arizona Opera Orchestra Musicians’ Association reached a tentative agreement on Sunday, 3/9/2008. The 12 month long negotiation reached a critical point last month when both sides approved a side letter to the agreement which guarantees the Arizona Opera Orchestra Musicians right of first refusal for all productions through the 2011/12 season. The first two years in the three year contract call for across the board freezes for wages, mileage, and per diem for the per service ensemble while the final year of the contract provides modest improvements in each of those categories.
In other news, Inside The Arts author John Rosenkrans recently published a comprehensive and engaging review of Alex Ross’ hit book The Rest Is Noise at his music and culture book review column, Books On Culture. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Perhaps one of his greatest gifts (as Emmanuel Ax points out on the dust jacket) is that "you want to hear to run and listen to every note he talks about," and for me that even included music that I already knew that I did not like at all.
John’s review serves as an excellent precursor for those not yet familiar with Alex’s book and for those who are, it is a wonderful way to complete an already satisfying reading experience.