Archive for January 7th, 2011

DSO Players’ Union Unwilling to Negotiate or Return to Bargaining Table; Ongoing Strike Forces Cancellation of all DSO Rodgers & Hammerstein Pops Concerts

DETROIT, (Jan. 7, 2011) The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that due to the rejection by the musicians to an offer that would bring total average player compensation (salary, healthcare, pension and other benefits) to $133,000 and their refusal to return to the bargaining table, the much-anticipated pops concerts,  An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Jan. 13-16), must be cancelled

Other January concerts including Prokofiev’s Cinderella (Jan. 21-23), Ravel & Schubert (Jan. 28-30) and a Tiny Tots concert (Jan. 29) currently remain scheduled as planned in hope of a settlement.  The Max M. Fisher Music Center will continue to host a busy schedule of DSO Education programs as well as rentals and other events throughout January and the coming months. 

Over the holidays, the DSO shared its most recent offer with the union and each musician of the DSO and repeatedly stated its willingness to return to the bargaining table to achieve a settlement that would avoid further concert cancellations.  That offer would bring total average player compensation (salary, healthcare, pension and other benefits) to $133,000. 

At their January Executive Committee meeting, the Board of Directors will evaluate the merit of suspending the remainder of the 2010-11 season, as well as indefinitely deferring the announcement of the 2011-12 season, until a settlement can be achieved.

For Patrons

All orchestral concerts after Jan. 16 remain scheduled as planned conditional upon the DSO negotiating a settlement with its musicians.  Patrons can visit  for updates and information on concerts or call the DSO hotline at (313) 576-5123 or the Box Office at (313) 576-5111.

The DSO is offering patrons with tickets to DSO orchestral concerts through Jan. 16 ticket exchanges for any future 2010-11 DSO or Orchestra Hall concert or event, in any series.  Subscribers can also apply the value of their tickets toward a subscription to the 2011-12 season and all patrons may convert their tickets to an annual fund donation, supporting the DSO’s general operation and the many education and outreach programs it offers to the community.  If a patron elects not to exchange their tickets or consider a donation, the DSO will honor requests for refunds for any cancelled concert.

The cancellations allow thousands of ticket holders to exchange tickets, request refunds, and make alternative plans.  Guest artists and conductors affected by these cancellations will appear in future seasons.

To voice your opinion, contact the Detroit Federation of Musicians, Local 5 by phone (248) 569-5400, fax (248) 569-1393 or email at  Or you can contact Gordon Stump, president of the Local 5 directly at (248) 569-5400 x 1 or by email at

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