LABOR: Playing Their Own Tune

Playing Their Own Tune

For ten months harmony has eluded the 48-year-old San Antonio Symphony Society and its 83 musicians. The society, citing mounting debt and flagging ticket sales, demanded a 47% drop in the musicians' payroll, either through salary cuts, a shorter season or a reduction in the size of the orchestra. The musicians complained that the society is not committed to maintaining a symphony of national caliber.

Now the orchestra members have decided that the best tune to play is their own. This week Orchestra San Antonio, composed of mutinous musicians from the Symphony Society, is launching a rogue season of 28 performances....

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