Stagehands' strike cancels tonight’s opening gala at Carnegie Hall
This evening’s star-studded performance isn’t happening, nor its 200,000-listener-strong radio broadcast, Carnegie Hall Live.
Wed Oct 2 2013
Photograph: Jeff Goldberg/Esto
More bad news for classical-music aficionados this week: Yesterday it was announced that New York City Opera is closing, and tonight's opening gala at Carnegie Hall is canceled due to a stagehands' strike. One of the biggest nights of the year, the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin were set to take the stage along with violinist Joshua Bell and vocalist/double-bassist Esperanza Spalding. This affects not only local ticket-holders, but classical listeners around the country, as the concert's 200,000-listener-strong live broadcast, Live from Carnegie Hall on WQXR, won't be happening tonight either.
A press release from Carnegie Hall tells us that IATSE/Local One stagehands are striking because they were denied a request to have full jurisdiction over the iconic venue's forthcoming education wing, due in fall 2014. Accepting the union's demands would infringe on the new space's mission and redirect funds into stagehand salaries. According to The New York Times, some of the stagehands make more than $400,000 a year.
No other concerts have been canceled yet, as Carnegie Hall officials are hoping to resolve the dispute as soon as possible—stay tuned for more info.