The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s principal clarinetist Ana Victoria Luperi played Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting the orchestra at Bass Hall. Rachel Parker Star-Telegram archives
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s principal clarinetist Ana Victoria Luperi played Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting the orchestra at Bass Hall. Rachel Parker Star-Telegram archives

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Fort Worth Symphony, musicians union reach tentative contract agreement

Star-Telegram

September 01, 2016 8:19 PM

FORT WORTH

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra management and the union that represents its musicians announced Thursday evening that they had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract after more than a year of negotiations.

The musicians still have to ratify the agreement. That vote is set for Sunday, according to a news release from Stewart Williams, president of Local 72-127 of the American Federation of Musicians.

The union and FWSO management issued almost simultaneous, bare-bones news releases Thursday evening. Information such as wages and benefits was not released.

Symphony president Amy Adkins declined to provide additional comment, as did Williams.

The two sides entered mediation in July after almost a year of negotiations. Musicians asked for a “financial growth plan” from management, while the symphony management made contract offers with salary and benefit cuts.

In July, Adkins said the orchestra ended its 2015-16 season with an operating deficit of about $500,000, although it benefited from better-than-expected ticket sales for Concerts in the Garden.

Contract talks broke down in January as management announced plans to impose a concessionary contract that included 8 percent wage cuts. The musicians also held several demonstrations at Bass Hall and authorized a strike; however, both sides agreed to a temporary contract extension, which ended on July 31.

Symphony flash mob in downtown Fort Worth draws crowd

Musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra assembled near Sundance Square on Friday to perform an impromptu version of 'Brazil.'

Facebook video courtesy of Wilson Armstrong

The FWSO’s first concert of its 2016-17 season was last weekend at the Classical Masters Festival, which this year featured the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The festival showcased principal musicians including cellist Allan Steele, clarinetist Ana Victoria Luperi, violinists Michael Shih and Adriana DeCosta and violist Laura Bruton.

Staff writers Andrea Ahles and Mark David Smith contributed to this report.

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