Ongoing Musicians’ Strike Cancels Additional Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concerts

Due to the ongoing strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, additional symphony concerts through November 18 have been canceled, Pittsburgh Symphony Inc. announced today.

The canceled concerts are:

  • PNC Pops: The Midtown Men on October 28 to 30
  • BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Music of Porgy & Bess on November 4 to 6
  • BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Fountains of Rome on November 11 to 13
  • Fiddlesticks Family Concerts: Around the House on November 12
  • Fourth Grade Schooltime concerts on November 16 to 18
  • Light Up Night community concert on November 18

The performances of BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Haydn’s Creation, originally scheduled for December 2 and 4, will be presented at a later date due to the special production considerations for these semi-staged concerts. An alternate program will be presented that weekend. No other Pittsburgh Symphony concerts are affected at this time.

“Regrettably, the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have not contacted us through official channels to return to the negotiating table. We hope that we are able to resume talks soon. Because of this, we must cancel additional performances in consideration of our subscribers and ticket buyers to allow them to adjust plans and consider options,” said Christian Schörnich, senior vice president and COO of the Pittsburgh Symphony. “We appreciate the continuing patience and understanding shown by our patrons during this time as we work to secure the artistic and financial future of the Pittsburgh Symphony.”

In the event of an end to the strike, canceled concerts may be reinstated. Any additional changes to the concert schedule will be communicated via email, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra website and the Pittsburgh Symphony and Heinz Hall Facebook pages.

Ticketholders will be notified as soon as possible with options for handling unused tickets, including exchanging their tickets for Heinz Hall performances later in the 2016-2017 season, donating their tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony, or receiving a refund. The box office can be reached at 412-392-4900. The Pittsburgh Symphony website,, will share the most up-to-date information and updates for patrons about the status of future concerts.

For information on the status of the strike and negotiations, please visit

5 thoughts on “Ongoing Musicians’ Strike Cancels Additional Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concerts”

  • This is ridiculous and an absolute lie. The orchestra members have been willing to reopen negotiations, but it is management’s disgusting tactics of bleeding them down to their breaking pointless and refusal to meet which is causing an issues. Management’s ultimatum achieves nothing except for destroying a world class orchestra. The management board of directors should be ashamed of themselves. At least make an attempt to continue discussions. Refusing to even meet with orchestra representatives doesn’t give management any goodwill with symphony supporters.

  • that is not how the.public sees it. Management is making a BIG mistake for the city of Pittsburghs image.

  • Wow, what a deceptive statement. These cancellations are solely the result of management not returning to the bargaining table, despite the musicians’ every attempt to do so. Management’s position of “my way or the highway” is not a good faith offer to negotiate, whereas the musicians have offered to compromise. I ask, Mr. Schornich, what sacrifice are you willing to make to secure the artistic and financial future of the Symphony? What cuts to your salary and fully funded pension have you offered?

  • Being an employee of the federal world, there are plenty of ways to save the symphony without affecting any of the musicians. Whoever devised this plan had only the management in mind, and not the musicians, which clearly it should be the reverse. Management staff should be cut, pay salaries frozen, and their pensions cut. We don’t attend the symphony to see management, we go there to hear the music. And, last I checked no one from management has offered up their musical talents to substitute the Symphony for the free concert on first night.

  • Devin McGranahan should resign as well as the CEO. Neither of them have any ties to Pittsburgh or investments other than making a mess of the symphony and the city of Pittsburgh. What do they care? They are just here to create havoc and once they are done they can pick up and leave in the middle of the night if they wanted to. Hopefully once they are gone no other symphony will hire them.

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