Scab labour and classical artists are terms that are not usually combined in the same sentence. That said, the sad situation in Detroit is exactly what it is, but with a Strad and a pretty dress.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is in a legal strike (offered a 22% pay cut, but facing a 33% cut and imposed free services making an almost 50% cut). The management has offered a recital by Sarah Chang in place of the opening concert. Will Chang cross the picket line?
Chang has suggested via Twitter that she would donate her fee to the Detroit Symphony Pension Fund. Sadly, according to the musicians’ Facebook page, there is no such fund!
The open letter from the orchestra to Chang is here.
Statement by musicians of the Detroit Symphony.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra website
Sarah Chang’s Twitter
Video of picket line
Video of DSO management’s press conference