I am pleased to see the negotiations between the PSO management and musicians will resume this week (“PSO Talks to Resume With Federal Mediators,” Oct. 22). We, in the Pittsburgh area, are proud to have a world-class symphony orchestra. Asking these talented musicians to take a salary cut (actually a salary increase would be more deserving) is unconscionable.
Perhaps the PSO management needs to examine the reasons for the deﬁcit and its methods for dealing with it. When you expect your own musicians to sustain the deﬁcit, that can bring about the demise of the organization, the demise of the Pittsburgh cultural community and, ultimately, the demise of the arts in general. Corporate funding to help reduce the deﬁcit may be an avenue to pursue.
As a season subscriber, I am disappointed in not being able to enjoy performances this season, but I am equally disappointed in management’s delay in negotiating a reasonable and fair contract with our ﬁne musicians.
I applaud both sides for ﬁnally going back to the bargaining table. I am hoping for professional, collaborative and good-faith bargaining and a speedy resolution to their differences.
Let’s get our musicians back on the stage so we can all, once again, enjoy the sound of music.