Letters and Opinions

As subscribers and contributors, we’re frustrated with PSO management

As subscribers and contributors, we’re frustrated with PSO management

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…

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Management must meet PSO musicians in the middle

Management must meet PSO musicians in the middle

Regarding the Oct. 7 editorial “Make Music Together: PSO, Musicians Should Get Back to Bargaining”: As chair of the musicians’ bargaining committee and longtime PSO bassist, I couldn’t agree more. On the very first day of the strike, we let management know we wanted to continue negotiating. The response was that management would do so only if we accepted management’s “last, best and final offer.” To our dismay, management has now repeated that ultimatum, saying it will return to the…

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A great symphony orchestra deserves great pay

A great symphony orchestra deserves great pay

I have been a longtime musician and orchestra member (in San Jose, Calif.), and whenever possible hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall as well as on tour. Your city is great, as is your orchestra. When learning of the musicians’ strike (“PSO Musicians Go on Strike,” Oct. 1), I realized that perhaps the management of the PSO has not come to the same conclusion. In a culturally rich city, with an improving economy, there is no excuse for…

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Consider the sacrifices these musicians have made

Consider the sacrifices these musicians have made

As a high school musician who has learned so much from the world-class artists of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, I fully support their strike, which is completely necessary. Not all share this viewpoint, however, and have claimed the musicians are greedy, that the proposed salary is plenty and that musicians should be happy to receive the proposed wages as they ensure quality of living. This viewpoint is degrading to artists of all kinds and ignores the sacrifices musicians have made…

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The PSO musicians should be well paid

The PSO musicians should be well paid

Christine Rupp’s defense of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra management (“PSO Musicians Should Face the Reality at Hand,” Oct. 4 letters) is misguided. The musicians’ salaries are indeed two or three times that of the average Pittsburgher. But salary for the average sports star here is about 15 times higher, corporate executives make about 10 times more and doctors about eight times more. The musicians work in a nonprofit, but so do well-paid professors and executives of the PSO. Which among…

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PSO musicians are high-caliber pros, like the Steelers

PSO musicians are high-caliber pros, like the Steelers

“Here we go, PSO, here we go!” Don’t yinz realize that demanding “concessions” from our musicians is insultingly absurd? Would the Steelers organization expect Ben Roethlisberger to take a pay cut after nailing a perfect passing game and running for 35 yards? Following the 9.7 percent salary cut the players graciously accepted in 2011, Pittsburgh’s symphony continuously performs with soul, with excellence and, often, with sublimity. If the PSO’s suits and bean counters did their jobs half as well as…

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The PSO musicians’ strike is sad but justified

The PSO musicians’ strike is sad but justified

I am a current subscriber of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and greatly respect and admire the excellence of its musicians. I watched with a mixture of pride and bewilderment on Saturday evening as our musicians walked the picket line alongside Heinz Hall while others played music in small groups for those passing by. The same feeling of sad amazement gripped me earlier this week as I saw the picket line again with such artists as our great oboist, Cynthia Koledo…

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All Pittsburghers can bask in the glow of the PSO

All Pittsburghers can bask in the glow of the PSO

I’ve been a Pittsburgher for all of my 68.5 years and I’ve never attended a Steelers or a Penguins game. The number of Pirates games I’ve been to is fewer than a dozen. But I remember vividly the 1960 World Series, the six Super Bowl wins and the Stanley Cup celebrations. I am proud of these teams because I am proud of my city.The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a significant part of my life since grade school. I’ve been…

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Dear Pittsburgh Symphony Management

Dear Pittsburgh Symphony Management

Dear Pittsburgh Symphony Management, We have something unique to share with you. Are you listening? The last six days have been amazing. Friday morning, we declared a strike against our beloved organization. Our reasons have been well documented in many places. We need not repeat them here. What did we think would happen? Did we know the people we would meet while walking outside our cherished concert hall on the corner of 6th and Penn? We have met people from all…

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