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UPDATE: Spokane Symphony Back On Stage; Agreement Reached

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Spokane Symphony Press Release: 

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Symphony Musicians and Board of Directors announced they have reached an agreement settling a four-week strike. As a result, the musicians will be playing at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for the Nutcracker this weekend and all other future scheduled concerts.

During meetings held last weekend between representatives from the Spokane Symphony Society and the Local #105 of the American Federation of Musicians, a new two-year contract was negotiated. It has been ratified by the Spokane Symphony Board as well as the musicians of the Spokane Symphony. The contract includes agreement on two key issues, guaranteed services and an expanded leave policy.

"All parties are committed to working together to maintain and enhance the solid financial and artistic foundation of this fine orchestra and community asset.  We are very happy to have reached agreement with the musicians, whose time and talent we greatly value. It's been difficult for all involved.  Now more than ever is a time when understanding, collaboration and support will be necessary in order for all of us to move forward," said Spokane Symphony Board President Peter Moye.

"After receiving such overwhelming support from so many wonderful people in the Spokane area, and from other places all over the country, the musicians simply could not turn our backs on this terrific community for the Christmas and holiday season. Our goal since the beginning has been to preserve and maintain artistic excellence, and we're confident that the amazing community support we've experienced will ultimately lead to a brighter future for both the musicians and for the organization." said Adam Wallstein, chairman of the Orchestra Committee.

"Many of you have expressed your desire to support or provide additional support to the organization to guarantee the future of the orchestra and its commitment to its musicians. I appeal to you and the whole community to show your support by purchasing Nutcracker and other concert tickets, participating in Christmas Tree Elegance and continuing to make donations," Moye added.

"We are so pleased to have the wonderful musicians of the Spokane Symphony back performing at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. We are grateful to all who worked so hard to bring this to a resolution," said Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse.

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The management and musicians of the Spokane Symphony will return to the bargaining table this week in an effort to reach a contract agreement before "The Nutcracker" ballet begins.
    
If the dispute isn't resolved in the next week, symphony officials say "The Nutcracker" will be performed with recorded music instead of a live orchestra. The Spokesman-Review reports the holiday favorite opens on Dec. 6.
    
Musicians have been on strike since Nov. 3, leading to five symphony cancellations.
    
The symphony has proposed a two-year contract that includes a 13.3 percent pay cut. The musicians have offered to take a 6.6 percent pay cut.
   
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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