Friday, August 29, 2014
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Orchestras in Detroit, Philadelphia Band Together

It's easy to forget that U.S. orchestral musicians are also organized labor, but players of the Philadelphia Orchestra will be reminding you of this at concerts this weekend when they slip on solidarity bracelets in support of striking colleagues at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestras in Detroit, Philadelphia Band Together

It's easy to forget that U.S. orchestral musicians are also organized labor, but players of the Philadelphia Orchestra will be reminding you of this at concerts this weekend when they slip on solidarity bracelets in support of striking colleagues at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The bracelets bear the words: "AFM Solidarity" (as in the American Federation of Musicians). Philadelphia musicians are themselves in the midst of difficult labor talks.

Also sporting the bracelets are members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

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.

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