Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony announced that they are on strike as of March 13. The Thursday, March 14 performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony has been canceled, and tickets can be exchanged or refunded.
The musicians have been playing without a contract since February 15, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The primary issue, according to a Symphony press release, is one of compensation. The musicians' union, Local 6, recently rejected a three-year contract that offered an annual base salary of $141,700 with multi-year increases — less than what symphonies in Chicago and Los Angeles pay their orchestras.
The SF Symphony said it was set to present a revised contract to the union on Thursday, March 14, but the musicians opted to strike instead of continuing negotiations with a federal mediator. The symphony said it's trying to rein in its expenditures and that for the past four years, its operating expenses have outpaced income.