Pittsburgh Symphony, idled by 55-day strike, resumes season

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 5, 2016 2:01 AM

FILE PHOTO: Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Pittsburgh) -- Music has returned to Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh this weekend after a two-month orchestra strike that cost fans much of the fall season.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's financial woes remain a concern even as musicians took a 7.5 percent pay cut and the orchestra cut 10 staff jobs to save $800,000 a year.

Officials hope to raise $13 million over five years to stabilize the financial outlook.

Both management and the 99 orchestra members credit federal mediators with helping end the 55-day strike last month and say new donations have helped soften the budget cutbacks.

The contract calls for musicians to return to their original $107,000 base salary level within five years.

The 120-year-old symphony held wo free concerts over the weekend led by conductor Manfred Honeck.

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