Thursday, February 10, 2005

MUSIC TO MY EARS: Symphony management and musicians seek harmony through mediation

Like music, mediation hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to paraphrase English dramatist William Congreve.

In Missouri the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced that management and musicians will sit down with a mediator in an effort to resolve a pay dispute that led to a strike by symphony employees. Concerts have been cancelled for several weeks as a result of the work stoppage.

Let us hope that mediation will help orchestra management and musicians transform cacophony into harmony.