Lesson 1: Players in luxury orchestras cannot afford to strike. In 2012, musicians with average pay of $175,000 cannot expect much solidarity when their fellow-professionals across the land are enduring savage pay cuts and lockouts.
Lesson 2: Orchestra managements should not let negotiations drag down to the season-opening wire. Cut the deal by August, or find another way.
Lesson 3: The American way of running orchestras needs to change. Players and managers need to get together round a bar and find a better way of doing business. The kind of dinosaur play we’re seeing in Atlanta, Minnesota, St Paul, Chicago and elsewhere looks lumbering and ridiculous in the 21st century. Call a national conference. Get a new agenda.