Musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal Aug. 16, 2016.
LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2017) — Musicians of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS orchestras voted today by an overwhelming majority to authorize a strike, potentially halting concerts during the popular holiday season and into the New Year.
Musicians have been without a contract since September of 2015, when their last agreement expired. Ten years ago, when the orchestra faced financial uncertainty, the musicians did everything possible to ensure the orchestra’s survival: absorbing cost-saving cuts, forgoing raises for years, even playing without compensation. At the time, the Pasadena Symphony Association promised musicians that these cuts would be temporary. Current management has disavowed those commitments. Now, a decade after the crisis, Pasadena Symphony musicians have yet to reach an agreement that restores their generous concessions. Continue reading
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Today a group of musicians from the Pasadena Symphony visited the office of U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff.
“The musicians of the Pasadena Symphony have made a new friend with Congressman Adam Schiff,” said Phil O’Connor, clarinetist and member of the orchestra committee. “We believe this will help improve our community’s support for our orchestra and other American Federation of Musicians Local 47 members.” Continue reading
Musicians of the Pasadena Symphony wore blue ribbons during their performance last Saturday night in a show of unity to demonstrate their resolve to reach a fair contract.
As these professional musicians took the stage, they saw hundreds of audience members wearing ribbons, too. Many donors and longtime supporters of the orchestra demonstrated their support and appreciation for the performers by wearing a ribbon and encouraging musicians to win a good contract. Continue reading
Lisa Gass: Master Bass Crafter
Pasadena Symphony Orchestra member Lisa Gass not only knows how to play the bass – she knows how to build one.
The founding owner of Los Angeles Bass Works since 1984, Lisa showed an early aptitude for wood sculpture as a child after she received woodworking tools as a birthday gift. By age 13, having toyed around with piano and violin, she decided her true love was the string bass. Continue reading
Meet the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra!
The Pasadena Symphony Orchestra has been one of the top performing symphonic ensembles in southern California for 80 years.
With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra is comprised of some of the most gifted and sought after musicians in the world.
Musicians are currently in the midst of negotiations and are working hard to achieve a new and fair employment contract.