Strike three: SFS cancels DC

Add another orchestra to the list of American orchestras with labor troubles: the San Francisco Symphony’s strike has led to the cancellation of their upcoming East Coast tour — including a scheduled date at the Kennedy Center on Saturday the 23rd. The Washington Performing Arts Society informs us that ticket-holders can either trade in tickets for a future WPAS show or get a full refund.

For those keeping score at home, both the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have been locked out since October; while the Indianapolis and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras both had lockouts in the fall that were ultimately (if tenuously) resolved. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, of course, is in recovery mode after a strike wiped out a good chunk of its 2011-12 season. This does not add up to a very pretty picture of a smallish field.

Above: Another place and time: the San Francisco Symphony celebrated its 100th anniversary last season with a reiteration of its American Mavericks festival, which it brought to Carnegie Hall. This season in Washington it was offering something rather different: Saturday’s now-cancelled performance would have featured Mahler’s 9th Symphony.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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