More Pay Cuts Loom in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is seeking a pay cut from its pit musicians for the third time in three years, in a desperate effort to balance a budget which has been swimming in red ink in recent years. The situation was exacerbated by disappointing ticket sales for the company’s 2004 Nutcracker performances, after which PBT asked the musicians to reopen their contract, which officially expires in summer 2005.