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.