Houston Symphony Musicians End Strike

Musicians of the Houston Symphony have ratified a new contract, ending their 23-day strike. “The players made significant financial concessions. They include a reduction in annual minimum salary in the first three seasons covered by the agreement, achieved via unpaid furloughs of from one to three weeks per year. The agreement expires Sept. 30, 2006. However, the two sides agreed that salaries will return to the median of all full-time United States orchestras in the following contract.”