Negotiations Update

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

March 18, 2019

 

Dear Patrons of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association,

Over the last several days, the negotiations with the musicians of the Orchestra have continued. While the parties remain apart on the issues of salary and retirement benefits, the Association remains committed to working through this process that will lead to a mutually beneficial agreement.

We believe that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a cultural treasure that deserves our generous support to ensure that audiences in our community and around the world will hear the sound of our great Orchestra for the next 100 years and beyond.

Once the parties resume negotiations, we will remain focused on finding a fiscally responsible solution that will guarantee our exceptional musicians not only excellent wages and working conditions, but also the secure retirement that they deserve.

We appreciate your patience, and will work diligently during these difficult days to make sure that the current concert season can continue as soon as possible.

We thank you, our loyal patrons, for your support of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and for your understanding.


Respectfully, 

Helen Zell
Chair, Board of Trustees
                                   Jeff Alexander
President

 

 

 

 



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Patron Information:


All CSO and Symphony Center Presents concerts and related events scheduled for March 14 through 25 are canceled due to a strike by CSO musicians. This includes:

    • Tuesday, March 19
      • 7 p.m.: CSO Chamber: All-Access — The Wabash Avenue Music Collective
    • Wednesday, March 20
      • 8 p.m.: George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
    • Thursday, March 21
      • 8 p.m.: Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony
    • Friday, March 22
      • 8 p.m.: An American in Paris
    • Saturday, March 23
      • 10 a.m.: Once Upon a Symphony: The Boy and the Violin, a Brazilian folktale
      • 11:45 a.m.: Once Upon a Symphony: The Boy and the Violin, a Brazilian folktale
      • 2 p.m.: Civic Chamber Music: National Museum of Mexican Art
      • 8 p.m.: Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony
    • Sunday, March 24
      • 3 p.m.: An American in Paris
    • Monday, March 25
      • 10:15 a.m.: CSO School Concerts: Once Upon a Symphony: The Boy and the Violin, a Brazilian folktale
      • 11:30 a.m.: CSO School Concerts: Once Upon a Symphony: The Boy and the Violin, a Brazilian folktale

 

If your concert is canceled, you may do one of the following:

      1. Exchange your tickets into the same or similar seating section for other concerts in the current season, for no additional charge.*
      2. Return your tickets and put the money on your account, to be used for future concert purchases.
      3. Donate the return of your tickets to the association and receive a tax donation receipt.
      4. Receive a refund, including the ticket price and any single ticket fees, for the canceled concert.

If you do not contact Patron Services before the scheduled concert date, your tickets will be returned and the money put on your account, to be used for future concert purchases.

Options to exchange your tickets:

      • Call 312-294-3000 between 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
      • Email Patron Services mentioning your patron ID, concert date and request.
      • Chat with us at cso.org between 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
      • Visit the Box Office between 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

 

*Some concerts and ticket types are not eligible for exchanges, including rental events and complimentary tickets.