Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti, Music Director at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has issued a statement in support of the CSO union musicians in an ongoing contract dispute with orchestra management.

« I am with the musicians, » Muti says in a letter delivered to Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association board chair Helen Zell and CSOA President Jeff Alexander. « I understand their needs and how they should be treated, and the fact that they are among the best musicians in the world. A crisis would damage the image of the institution. The Musicians themselves, the public and the entire musical world would be surprised to see the Orchestra in trouble. »

Contract negotiations continue this week and the dispute is mainly over pensions.

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