SPOKANE – The Spokane Symphony announced it is cancelling its next four concerts due to a musicians’ strike.
The cancelled concerts include:
Symphony with a Splash, Friday, Nov. 9;
Video Games Live, Saturday, Nov, 10;
Classics – Rachmaninoff and Pictures, Saturday, Nov. 17;
Classics – Rachmaninoff and Pictures, Sunday, Nov. 18
Dozens of musicians started striking November 2 after pay negotiations failed.
The contract between the Spokane Symphony and the Musicians Local #105 of the American Federation of Musicians expired on August 20. Negotiations had been ongoing since March 2012; however the musicians continued to work after the contract expired.
On October 10, the two groups met with a mediator for a second time, but an agreement was not reached.
Symphony Board President Peter Moye says it has been hurt by the recession and it will not run budget deficits.
Those people who held tickets to any of the cancelled concerts may exchange them may ask for a refund or a gift certificate in the amount of the tickets purchased. They may also exchange the tickets for a future performance or make a donation to the Spokane Symphony in the amount of the tickets purchased.
The Symphony will automatically put a credit in the account of the ticket holder for the value of the tickets purchased. If the patron is okay with that arrangement, they do not need to contact the Box Office.