The Heinz Hall cancellations keep coming, and this one hurts for rock fans.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters’ first Pittsburgh show in five years, scheduled for Nov. 1 at Heinz Hall, has been canceled due to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians’ strike, which began on Sept. 30.
"I regret to inform you that our ‘Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers’ concert at Heinz Hall cannot go ahead, as I am unwilling to cross an AFofM picket line during the current strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement, referencing the American Federation of Musicians, the union that represents the PSO’s musicians . “I hope that the dispute will soon be settled honorably and amicably and that The Imposters and I will have the opportunity to perform at Heinz Hall before too long.
“We send our apologies to ticket holders and all our friends in Pittsburgh with thanks for your understanding and support of live music wherever it is heard. Respectfully. Elvis Costello."
According to promoter Drusky Entertainment, there was no other venue available for the show. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
In addition to the PSO canceling its orchestra events through Nov. 18, a show by comedian Brian Regan was canceled and a concert by ARW (former members of Yes) was moved to the Byham Theater. Members of the American Federation of Musicians are barred from crossing the picket line.
Since the strike, British vocal group Il Divo has performed at Heinz Hall and actress Rita Moreno appeared there as part of the Pittsburgh Speaker Series. Carol Burnett is scheduled to perform at the venue on Oct. 27.
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