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Monday, April 1, 2013

SF Symphony to Start Rocking Out Again, Ending Two-Week Strike

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

click to enlarge A new contract is the jam
  • A new contract is the jam

Nothing soothes the soul like the sound of sweet harmony.

It appears that San Francisco's orchestra is headed back on stage, perhaps as early as tomorrow, after musicians and management tentatively reached an agreement that's music to their ears.

According to press reports, both sides have agreed on a 26-month contract, subject to the approval of the full orchestra and the symphony's Board of Governors. However, they weren't ready to release the details of that agreement until it's officially ratified.

See Also: Symphony Timpanist David Herbert Explains Why He's Ditching S.F. for Chicago Orchestra

Symphony spokesman Oliver Theil told the Chron that the orchestra will be back on Tuesday to start its series of free concerts for elementary school students.

The SF Symphony went on strike on March 13, claiming they weren't getting enough money to justify living in expensive San Francisco. And they had a point. In an open letter to symphony management, the musicians explained that they were now losing a world-class timpanist, David Herbert, to Chicago, "which would be like the San Francisco Giants losing Buster Posey to the Dodgers."

And S.F wasn't going to let that happen.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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