I find myself heartbroken and frustrated at the current state of the relationship between the management and the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony (“PSO Cancels More Concerts Amid Strike,” Oct. 18).
The management and board of trustees have a very tough and often-thankless job to make sure Pittsburgh can sustain the world-class orchestra that has been built over the past 120 years. In my opinion, however, the management has arrived at a strategy to save the orchestra that will ultimately undermine its mission.
Instead of fighting together with the musicians and the public to move the orchestra forward, they have chosen a silent standoff, placing their faith in a shortsighted plan of deep cuts and constraints, fighting against the very musicians who make the Pittsburgh Symphony the world-class orchestra it is today.
I ask the board of trustees to engage with management to end the standoff, return to the bargaining table and demonstrate what it means to come together through differences of opinions to find a solution. Our world today is broken by too much ideological positioning and inability to compromise. Let’s show the world what it means to be from Pittsburgh: That we can work together, fight together and win together. Our musicians, our orchestra and our city deserve that chance, our love, our respect and our support. They have mine.