On Tuesday evening, SOSPCO member Jon Eisenberg made this statement to the press on our behalf. A couple of outlets picked up a portion of it, but we want you to see the whole thing.
“While we are pleased that SPCO and the musicians have reached agreement on a framework leading to a “play and talk” situation, this further reinforces management’s failure to appropriately handle the situation because the musicians have always been willing to continue to work during these negotiations. It makes us ask the question: Why did management consider it necessary to lock out the musicians for over five months—resulting in the loss of music for the audience, loss of income for the musicians, harm to the surrounding businesses, and damage to the orchestra’s reputation?
“Since this agreement still only leads to a “play and talk” situation and there is a long way to go before any contract is signed, we will continue to advance potential alternative solutions with our Exploratory Committee in order to insure that we preserve a world class chamber orchestra in our community.”