The musicians of Spokane go back to work today after a four-week lockout, having agreed to cut wages from average $17,460, a year to $15,539, covering 160 sessions (or ‘services’, as they are oddly termed, as if music was a religious rite).
The original pay is so low and the saving so small, you wonder why the board of the Spokane Symphony even bothered to change the locks. A fire sale might have been the better option.
Orchestras like this in medium-sized US cities are dead unless they find a big benefactor, or a better way of doing business.
Can’t they see the old method is bust?