Symphony musicians play benefit concert amid strike

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by KREM.com & Breanna Roy

KREM.com

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 4:10 PM

SPOKANE -- It’s not the normal stage for the Spokane Symphony, but its musicians planned their own concert at Shadle Park High School Saturday night.

The musicians started striking about two weeks ago after contract negotiations fell through. Without a paycheck, they turned to community support.

“This is really a celebration of and a demonstration for artistic excellence and professional musicianship because those are the issues at stake in this contract and why we're in the situation we're in," said Adam Wallsten, the musicians’ lead negotiator.

Wallsten said behind the scenes there has been movement on a compromise. They are hopeful that means the Spokane Symphony will play their holiday concert as planned beginning with the Nutcracker the first week of December. If a new contract is not reached, the ballet will go forward with recorded music.

“Canned cranberry sauce this time of year might be okay if you're in a pinch, but canned Nutcracker is never acceptable so we want to get back on stage. I think there's pressure on both sides to get a deal done so we can do that," said Wallsten.

Saturday’s concert at Shadle Park High School starts at 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following the performance, the musicians planned to address the audience in a town hall meeting to talk more about the situation and why a compromise has not been reached.

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