This should have been posted on Labor Day. The CSO players and managers still have not reached an agreement in our on-going contract talks. Negotiations ended back on August 10 and start up again at the end of this week. The first orchestra services are this weekend, a ‘members of’ concert at Millennium Park on Sunday, September 9, which I was only too happy to turn down. I need every bit of my vacation, and then some. The ‘regular’ season begins with rehearsals on Tuesday, September 11.
Since I am on the negotiating team, I can probably reveal even less about the state of affairs than anyone else in the orchestra. All I can say about it is that negotiating is kind of like waiting for a bus – one that never arrives. But as our current contract expires in about ten days, maybe somebody will finally step on the gas.
Here is the program for the (free!) Millennium Park Concert:
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Savion Glover, tap dancer
Mozart - Overture to The Magic Flute
Ellington - Selections from The River *
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
* Featuring Savion Glover