Houston Symphony Continues Sniping

The musicians and management of the Houston Symphony continue to take swipes at each other in a bitter contract dispute. A recent editorial in the Houston Chronicle called for management to withdraw its deadline for musicians to accept its ‘last, best’ contract offer, and continue to negotiate, but symphony management insists that the orchestra could run out of money by May if it continues to bargain indefinitely. Meanwhile, the musicians are convinced that the orchestra’s problems are due to gross mismanagement, and charge that the current executive team is determined “to destroy or, at the very least, downsize the orchestra to something they can financially handle but which would not by any definition be a world-class orchestra.”