On 1/20/2011, the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) distributed leaflets before the evening’s concert which expressed support for musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and urged DSO music director Leonard Slatkin to “use his influence to persuade the Board of the DSO to negotiate in a spirit of compromise and respect.”…
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the evening’s concert included substitute musicians from the DSO as well as guest conductor Leonard Slatkin. Since learning of the news last evening, I have been trying to think of another situation where musicians conducted a leafleting activity during a guest conductor appearance in support of colleagues at an orchestra engaged in a work stoppage where said guest conductor served as music director, but I haven’t been able to recall anything. As such, if any readers are aware of similar event, I’m sure everyone would be interested to learn more about it.
In the meantime, here is a copy of the leaflet distributed by CSO musicians.
THE MUSICIANS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA OFFER SUPPORT TO
THE DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS
Locked in a bitter labor dispute, our colleagues in the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra (DSO) have been without work for seventeen consecutive weeks.
The musicians have agreed to substantial concessions to help alleviate a
financial crisis, only to be met with further demands threatening the nature and
quality of this excellent orchestra.
Our conductor tonight, Leonard Slatkin, is the Music Director of the DSO. We
ask him to use his influence to persuade the Board of the DSO to negotiate in a
spirit of compromise and respect. The musicians of the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra support the DSO musicians in their efforts to achieve a contract that
will preserve their orchestra.
Our colleagues in Detroit face personal and collective catastrophe as this
season and next are in danger of being cancelled.
We urge you to visit the website: detroitsymphonymusicians.org and to
send an email supporting the musicians of the Detroit Symphony
The Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra thank you for your
interest and support.
Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208
American Federation of Musicians
This appeal is to the public. We are not asking any individual to refuse to pick up,
deliver or transport any goods or to refuse to perform any services.
Postscript: Chicago Classical Review critic Lawrence Johnson reviewed the concert and had no mention of the leaflet activity see the first comment below, the piece does parenthetically mention the leafleting. Moreover, he provided a decisively positive review of the concert and Slatkin.