PBT Orchestra “Stunned” By Contract Proposal

Negotiations between the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and its orchestra have broken down in the wake of the company’s latest proposal, which includes a 25% pay cut and would give PBT the right to substitute recorded music for the live orchestra on a case-by-case basis. “The orchestra took a 12 percent pay cut in 2002 and an additional 5 percent pay cut in October 2003 to help offset red ink for the financially troubled ballet.” No new talks are scheduled between the two sides.