Playing to their third full house in as many concerts, the striking DSO musicians played to a sold out crowd Saturday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.
There were a few seats that went unclaimed according to Greg Bowens, spokesperson for the striking musicians, who told WWJ that DSO management was invited to the concert but did not show. “We continue to extend a hand of friendship in the spirit of cooperation and support for music.”
Bowens stated that a proposal was given Saturday by the musicians to the federal mediator and the musicians were ready to continue talks with the mediator present but DSO management failed to come to the table.
“They (striking musicians) were at the table today (Saturday) with the Federal Mediator, their negotiator didn’t show.” Bowens stated. “We have to be sitting face to face to make a reasonable agreement.”
DSO President Anne Parsons, in an earlier statement noted, “Part of the process is we will be silent except to say we are being positive by putting the offer in, and we hope the union will do the same, we are under quite a time pressure, week to week we are losing concerts and we would like that to stop.”
Both sides continue to stress they would like to negotiate in good faith and would like the music to continue in the city of Detroit.
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