Magazine article International Musician

Baltimore Symphony Musicians Continue to Champion Their Cause

Magazine article International Musician

Baltimore Symphony Musicians Continue to Champion Their Cause

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In partnership with Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Baltimore Symphony Musicians planned to host an event February 27 to build support among politicians and other civic leaders as the musicians continue their fight for a fair contract. Performing works by Beethoven and Mozart, the members of Local 40-543 will be conducted by internationally acclaimed pianist, teacher, and former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor Leon Fleisher, who recently turned 90. This event follows other outreach activities undertaken by the musicians - a brass extravaganza at Baltimore's Basilica in November, a pop-up concert at Penn Station in December, and the delivery of more than 400 pounds of supplies to a food bank in response to the five-week federal employee furlough.

Although their contract extension expired January 15, the musicians continue to work scheduled rehearsals and concerts. Contract talks are scheduled for March and April. Members of the players' committee have also been lobbying state and local legislators for increased funding.

AVAM, America's official national museum for outsider art, is located in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City. The museum's director, Rebecca Hoffberger, is showing her strong support for the Baltimore Symphony Musicians by donating the museum's performance space for the event. She says, "The late Jim Rouse said cities were meant to be gardens, in which to grow beautiful people. …

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