It's now official: the 2010-11 Detroit Symphony Orchestra season is dead -- not that it really ever started, thanks to a musicians' strike.
Here are the first few paragraphs of a press release from the symphony's management:
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that due to the rejection of its final offer by the Musicians, it has reluctantly released artists and conductors from their contracts and suspended all remaining orchestral concerts through June. Prospects of rescheduling concerts originally within the season, resuming the 2011 Summer Orchestral Season and announcing a 2011-12 calendar remain possible pending a settlement.
The decision comes at the close of a week filled with earnest negotiations, assisted by community intermediaries that began last Friday and included a series of proposals and counter proposals exchanged on both sides. Management’s final offer, which was modified to meet many of the Musicians’ requests on a wide range of issues, was made on Tues., Feb. 15 with a request for a vote from the members.
You can read all the details, from management's perspective, here.
Judging from the well-organized musicians, who have set up their own independent concert series, and who have outlined in detail their objections to DSO proposals, this situation isn't about to get resolved soon.
You can read all the details, from the musicians' perspective, here.