symphony en Contract allows GR Symphony “to focus on making music” <p>The Grand Rapids Symphony <a href="">has reached a labor agreement </a>with its 80 musicians. The deal comes after several months of intense contract negotiations.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Someone counted that we had 29 meetings during the summer,&rdquo; said Peter Kjome, Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:34:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4183 at Contract allows GR Symphony “to focus on making music” Baby, it's cold outside... <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Members of the <a href="">Cleveland Orchestra</a> (TCO), trapped in Ann Arbor because of the recent snowfall, ended up putting on an impromptu performance on Wednesday with members of Classical Revolution Ann Arbor (CRAA), a local chamber music collective.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Because of the snowstorm, TCO was unable to leave Ann Arbor in time for a concert Wednesday at Chicago's Orchestra Hall. The musicians chose to pass the time playing with University of Michigan students and amateur musicians at Sylvio's Organic Pizza in Ann Arbor, where CRAA meets every Wednesday for jam sessions.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The first quartet of the evening consisted of Bill Preucil, TCO's concertmaster, TCO violist Joanna Patterson, cellist Ed Baskerville, and University of Michigan student violinist Dan Winnick. Other TCO musicians showed up to play throughout the evening, including principal oboe Frank Rosenwein and principal flutist Joshua Smith.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><a href="">Read</a> and <a href=";feature=player_embedded">watch</a> more over at University Musical Society's <a href="">page</a>.</p><p><em><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" height="290" width="440"></iframe></em></p><p><em>Brian Short - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 21:24:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1180 at Baby, it's cold outside... DSO musicians urge compromise, say strike is hurting area businesses <p><strong>Update Thursday, 9:57 a.m.:</strong></p><p>DSO management wrote to us saying the information provided below regarding the DSO contract proposal was dated. We've updated the copy to clarify that this was one of management's <em>original</em> proposals.</p><p><strong>Update 6:45 p.m.:&nbsp;</strong></p><p>At today's press conference, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians urged management to return to the bargaining table. They say the strike is hurting area businesses, especially restaurants.</p><p>David Zainea co-owns the Majestic Cafe in Midtown, and he says business has taken a big hit since the musicians went on strike Oct. 4:<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p>"We’re down almost 25% in the course of three months."</p></blockquote><div>The musicians said they wanted to use the suggested&nbsp;proposal U.S. Senator Carl Levin and then-governor Jennifer Granholm&nbsp;had issued as a roadmap.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>That proposal called for a <a href=";ARTICLE_ID=1738748">$36 million</a>, 3-year contract that would require sacrifice from both sides.&nbsp;</p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="white-space: nowrap;">DSO&nbsp;m</span>anagement issued a <a href="">statement</a> this afternoon saying they would submit a proposal to the federal mediator "detailing how it would spend $36 million over three years once it secures additional, sustainable funding that would both close the gap between its position and the union's and&nbsp;support the enhanced communal and educational activities that are now even more important for the orchestra to revive and thrive."</p><p>DSO&nbsp;board chair Stanley&nbsp;Frankel had originally said he took the Granholm-Levin <a href=";ARTICLE_ID=1738967">recommendation</a> seriously, but:</p><blockquote><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em; display: inherit; font-family: 'trebuchet ms',fantasy; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">"A $36 million compensation package is beyond what every consultant and our Board have said is feasible."</p></blockquote><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em; display: inherit; font-family: 'trebuchet ms',fantasy; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 01:07:40 +0000 Jennifer Guerra & Mark Brush 846 at DSO musicians urge compromise, say strike is hurting area businesses Grand Rapids Symphony posts $65K budget surplus <p>It's not all bad news coming out of the symphony world.</p><p>The <a href="">Grand Rapids Symphony</a> is the second largest orchestra in Michigan, after the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. And yet the two arts organizations finances couldn't be farther apart. The GR Symphony posted a <a href="">$65,000 budget surplus</a> for the 2010 fiscal year; the DSO posted an <a href="">$8.8 million deficit</a>. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:33:58 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 634 at Grand Rapids Symphony posts $65K budget surplus Orchestra strike continues, board and management 'joined at the hip' <p>The musicians have been on strike since October. The management is standing firm against the demands of the musicians. Holiday concerts have been cancelled, and now the <a href="">Detroit Symphony Orchestra's</a> Executive Board is weighing in.</p><p><a href="">In a letter</a> to the community released today, DSO executive board members said they were "joined at the hip" with management during this strike. The 24 board members said,</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:12:17 +0000 Mark Brush 527 at Orchestra strike continues, board and management 'joined at the hip' Seniors find meaning in music <p>In the basement of a church in Grand Rapids, there's a rehearsal for the Beginners Swing Band. Most of the musicians here are in their sixties and seventies.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:30:29 +0000 Kyle Norris & The Cost of Creativity 391 at Seniors find meaning in music