We are disappointed that the management of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has refused to negotiate further with the orchestra members. We are subscribers and have increased our giving to the orchestra over time. We have seen little or no attempt by management to involve the community in raising money to reduce the deficit.
It appears that the burden for doing that has been placed on the PSO members and staff. Management contends that the salary cuts and other changes will have no effect on quality, but two excellent players already have left and more undoubtedly will do so while management intransigence continues.
The Pittsburgh team that we care about most is the PSO, and we do not want to see its quality diminished by the actions of new managers who obviously care little about Pittsburgh or its orchestra.
CLIFFORD and JOAN SCHOFF