The musicians of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced they will be leafleting at this evening’s concert at the Embassy Theatre. This is the text, verbatim, as distributed by Campbell MacDonald, spokesman for the group:
We thank you, our loyal patrons and supporters, for attending our concert. As you may be aware the musicians of the Philharmonic are performing under the terms of an expired contract. The Philharmonic, like many other orchestras, is experiencing financial challenges. While finances may be tight, the musicians’ concern is that an effective resolution is not imminent, and it appears the Philharmonic wants to cut wages, benefits and musical offerings as its solution. The musicians are willing to help by accepting some reductions to their modest wages on a temporary basis. The Philharmonic relies on the generosity of individual and corporate support; for this we are grateful and appreciative. We agree that changes need to be made. We do not agree that “getting the house in order” is always about cuts and diminishing the product. Downsizing and permanent cuts are not the solution. The solution is enthusiastic support, appropriate fundraising and effective marketing. Fort Wayne can be proud of all of its cultural offerings, which set it apart from its peers!
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