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Just in: San Francisco players hold benefit for locked-out Minnesotans

For Immediate Release


Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony Hold Concert to Benefit Locked-Out Minnesota Musicians

SAN FRANCISCO- The Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony will present a Solidarity Concert in support of the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Musicians from the locked-out Orchestras in Minnesota will play with San Francisco musicians, and SFS Principal Bassoonist Stephen Paulson will conduct.

“All Orchestral Musicians in the Twin Cities are very moved and grateful for this wonderful gesture of solidarity by the SFS,” said Fred Bretschger, Assistant Principal Bass with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The Grammy Award-winning Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement on Friday, April 12. The term of the new agreement is 26 months, with wages increasing 4.5% over the life of the contract.

“While we have a new contract, these world-class musicians in Minnesota have been locked out nearly seven months,” said Cathy Payne, member of the SFS Musicians’ Negotiating Committee. “This season, many orchestras have faced lockouts, strikes, and devastating cuts in personnel, wages and benefits. It is important that we remain in solidarity with other musicians and support their efforts to maintain world-class music in Minnesota.”

The proceeds of the concert will benefit the musicians from both Twin City Orchestras.

“The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are deeply grateful for the support of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Musicians, as well as all of our colleagues throughout the country, for the support they have shown us during our continuing seven month management-imposed lockout,” said Tim Zavadil, Chair of the Minnesota Orchestra Negotiating Committee. “Furthermore, we congratulate the entire San Francisco Symphony on achieving an agreement that continues to invest in the artists that create the music.”

7:00 p.m, Monday, April 29, 2013

St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Avenue at Fulton, San Francisco, California 94118

Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony with special guest musicians from the locked out Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

To purchase tickets or to make a donation, please visit: or call 1-800-838-3006 [ext. 1].

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  1. Amy Adams says:

    A kind and classy gesture.

  2. Bill Dodd says:

    Good choice of venue as well. I’d love to be there. The situtation in Minnesota is beyond belief.

  3. James Brinton says:

    The orchestras in Minnesota appear to be managed by savages.
    Surely they would be more at home knocking the noses off statues in some remote corner of the world.
    Or perhaps we could hold a benefit to fund their relocation to some inhabited corner of Africa or the Amazon rain forest.

  4. Performing Artist52 says:

    What an incredible show of support! Thank you to the wonderful musicians of the San Francisco Symphony! Bravo!

  5. I’m so tired of people who work in the arts not being valued, respected, and treated as professionals.

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