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Delaware Symphony Orchestra will resume performing after silence

Contract talks will continue, but management and players of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra have struck a temporary deal that salvages the rest of the 2012-13 season.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra will resume performing after silence

Delaware Symphony Orchestra music director David Amado
Delaware Symphony Orchestra music director David Amado

Contract talks will continue, but management and players of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra have struck a temporary deal that salvages the rest of the 2012-13 season.

The pact carries the orchestra through May 31, and calls for no reductions in the per-service pay scale, pension, mileage, cartage, or per diem, according to a union source. It does not guarantee a set number of services, but does preclude artistic dismissals and demotions this season.

Unable to reach a deal with musicians, the Delaware ensemble had canceled full-orchestra concerts this season and put in place a four-concert series of chamber music programs. (Addition: a musician familiar with talks says the decision to suspend the season came June 1, and was for financial reasons, not because of contract talks.)

While officials aren't certain, they now expect a full orchestra concert will go on in January, with others later in the season. The schedule would still represent a pay cut for players, since last season five sets of classical concerts were performed. The temporary deal also provides for a lower number of rehearsals, and, as a result, less pay. Musicians and management now expect to begin negotiations for a three-year contract expiring in 2016.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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