Pittsburgh Symphony cancels concerts through Dec. 5
November 15, 2016 12:17 AM
Melia Peters Tourangeau, right, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, walks by as principal oboist Cindy DeAlmeida and other symphony members walk the picket line outside Heinz Hall on Oct. 19.
By Elizabeth Bloom / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The management of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has canceled orchestra concerts through Dec. 5.
The additional cancellations affect two of the PSO’s core classical subscription weekends in late November and early December, as well as a Music 101 presentation by bassist John Moore and a concert with Celtic Woman.
The labor dispute between management and musicians, who have been on strike since Sept. 30, is now more than six weeks old. Prior to today’s announcement, PSO management had canceled concerts through Nov. 18.
The organization previously had postponed performances of Haydn’s “The Creation,” scheduled for Dec. 4 and 6, but that weekend’s concerts have been officially canceled.
"We are still negotiating," orchestra committee chairman and bassist Micah Howard said in a statement. "The media blackout is still in effect, so I cannot provide details. But I can say that we are working very, very hard to reach an agreement."
The affected events include:
● Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving Weekend with Hélène Grimaud, piano, and Manfred Honeck, conductor
● Nov. 30: Music 101: John Moore: “It’s All About the Bass”
● Dec. 2 and 4: BNY Mellon Grand Classics program
● Dec. 5: Celtic Woman with the PSO
“Ticketholders will be notified as soon as possible with options for handling unused tickets, including exchanging their tickets for Heinz Hall performances later in the 2016-2017 season, donating their tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony, or receiving a refund,” the PSO said in a statement.
The Heinz Hall box office can be contacted at 412-392-4900.
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