Crisis averted: Grant Park Music Festival will open as scheduled

Tue Jun 14, 2016 at 8:57 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson


The shortest musicians strike in Chicago history is over.

Less than three hours after the Grant Park Music Festival cancelled Wednesday’s opening concert, a tentative agreement has been reached between the festival and musicians. Tomorrow night’s season-opening program will take place as scheduled, with Carlos Kalmar leading the Grant Park Orchestra in music of Barber, Poulenc, and Mussorgsky.

The festival had cancelled Wednesday’s concert earlier this evening after the musicians rejected a previous contract offer. There are no details yet available on terms of the three-year agreement between the Grant Park Orchestral Association and the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208.

“We are thrilled to have reached an agreement with our musicians and look forward to a full season of music-making for Chicagoans and visitors alike,” said Paul Winberg, president and CEO of the Grant Park Orchestral Association, in a released statement.

“The Musicians of the Grant Park Orchestra are pleased to have reached an agreement on a new contract, which will allow us to continue our long tradition of presenting the finest orchestral performances in this unique setting,”stated Gary Matts, president of Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208.

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One Response to “Crisis averted: Grant Park Music Festival will open as scheduled”

  1. Posted Jun 14, 2016 at 10:33 pm by Plush

    How did the City of Chicago (union central) ever allow this to happen?
    The Grant Park Music Festival is a City of Chicago operation. Very odd.

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