Updated 03/28/2011 06:06 PM
Musicians union rejects SSO's bid for concessions
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A potential setback in efforts to keep the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in operation, despite continuing financial problems.
Much of the SSO's revival plan hinged on new concessions from its musicians union. The union has now rejected the latest call for $1.2 million in givebacks in the coming year, saying that the concessions would threaten the future of the orchestra. The musicians note they had already made close to $750,000 in concessions during the current season.
The SSO board of directors is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the outlook now that the concessions have been rejected. The orchestra has conducted emergency fundraising in recent weeks to continue in operation despite mounting losses.
The orchestra has conducted emergency fundraising in recent weeks to continue in operation despite mounting losses and apparently warned the union that failure to approve the givebacks might force suspension of the SSO season.