Sounds of Summer: Live Music Is In the Air…

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Volume CIV, No. 7/8July, 2004

The best music is live music!

That’s the message that Local 802 is spreading with the continuation of its Live Music Campaign. Over the course of this summer, the union sponsored three major live music projects, free and open to the public.

“Piano in the Park,” is an ongoing series of pianists playing in Bryant Park every work day through the end of August. For schedule information, check out and click on “calendar.”

The Washington Square Music Festival took place each Tuesday in July. On Tuesday, July 6, Peter Rubardt conducted the Festival Chamber Orchestra with Laila Maria Salins singing mezzo-soprano.

And on June 14, the Times Square Alliance and Local 802 sponsored an early summer solstice party in Times Square featuring live music.

Local 802 promises to continue promoting live music. To that effect, the union is not only sponsoring concerts, but is also producing advertisements on AirAmerica (1190 AM) that advocate for live music, and has launched a new web site, For more information on the campaign, contact the President’s Office at (212) 245-4802. President David Lennon directs the campaign along with Heather Beaudoin, the union’s Public Relations Director.


June 4, 2004

Jed Bernstein
League of American Theatres and Producers
226 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

Dear Jed,

I write to express my severe disappointment upon learning that the Tony celebratory party, sponsored by the League, will be utilizing canned music rather than a live orchestra.

It is an insult to all the professional artists whose talents create the live Broadway experience and indeed make it possible for your organization to call itself “Live Broadway.”

Only a little over a year ago, the League publicly and vociferously proclaimed its undying commitment to live music to contradict Local 802’s predictions that your intention with respect to the virtual orchestra machine was to eventually replace live music on Broadway.

Now, at the League’s most visible celebration of the Broadway experience, you demonstrate quite convincingly that our fears were, and continue to be, well founded.

I will, therefore, decline your invitation to attend the Gala reception, with no regret but only disappointment.