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Join the SOS Core Group at upcoming DSO Classical Concerts

The SOS Core Group will be attending the following DSO concerts. Please consider joining us, we are eager to meet you face to face! We will gather near the 2nd floor Cocktail Bar before the concerts, during intermission and afterward … Continue reading

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Where is the truth?

From the DSO Musicians: We are continuing to try to set up a bargaining session in the hope of reaching a settlement. Management asked us to provide a breakdown of how we would spend $34.3 plus $2 million before they … Continue reading

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Detroit Symphony, Phoenix-like, Rises from the Ashes.

I’ve told the story of what could possibly happen here as an extended but imaginary New York Times article on Sunday, October 20, 2019 – four days prior to a huge community gathering on Woodward Avenue, celebrating Orchestra Hall’s 100th … Continue reading

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The Ginny Owens, Peter Cummings, Doug Scott thread in its entirety

Dear Members of the Executive Board: I am a twenty-eight year old violinist and I currently am employed as a violin teacher in Oakland County. As the strike has unfolded I’ve tried to remain open-minded, listening to the facts presented … Continue reading

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It’s not just the percussion section that is leaving…

In response to the news that the DSO’s percussion section was saying, “Good-Bye,” management sent the following four years of statistics to the press, board and staff in an effort to reassure everyone that the current turnover rate in the … Continue reading

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Conductor Leonard Slatkin sits on the sidelines as his orchestra in Detroit self-destructs

Leonard Slatkin may be wondering why he ever left Nashville. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s former music adviser, who’s in town this weekend to conduct music by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Philip Glass at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, has been leading a … Continue reading

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Response to Daniel Howes (Detroit News Blog)

Here is one member’s response to a blog posting in The Detroit News. Click HERE to read the original Blog Posting Mr. Daniel Howes (The Detroit News), While some of your editorial rings true, much of it takes a page … Continue reading

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Binding Arbitration – What is management afraid of?

What is management afraid they can’t afford – or can’t afford to lose – under binding arbitration? The crux of the issue has been management’s vision of the “new orchestra model”, containing a lot more “community outreach”- which will supposedly … Continue reading

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Orchestras in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Minnesota and Washington show support for striking DSO musicians.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/3/11 Contact: Greg Bowens, Bowens & Co., 248.275.3156, [email protected] DSO STRIKING MUSICIANS SPARK NATIONAL SOLIDARITY Protests kick off in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. this weekend. Detroit – The striking musicians of the … Continue reading

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Greed or Mismanagement?

James F. Eliason, Ph.D. I was struck seeing that the list done in 2008 of major orchestras in Gramophone, the British based Classical Music magazine, that the Cleveland Orchestra ranked 7th (http://www.gramophone.net/Issue/Page/December%202008/36/999327/). As we all know Cleveland (otherwise known as … Continue reading

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