Broadway producers are arming themselves for an upcoming showdown with Local 802. Producers believe their weapon, a device dubbed the “Virtual Orchestra” (VO), will finally give them the upper hand in cutting and potentially eliminating live musicians in the theatre.
When the orchestra assembled for this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular, there was an uninvited guest in the band. Brett Sommer and Music Arts Technology had installed a “virtual orchestra” setup that included a computer and synth programmed to play
The New York City Ballet Orchestra ratified a new three-year agreement in early November, extending the current contract until Labor Day, 2005. The vote was 36-9. At the end of the last agreement, base wages were $1,500 per week. The
A new contract introduced by the AFM and approved by the pension fund will allow bandleaders to receive pension contributions – even if they are not incorporated. For years, members have known that they cannot pay into their own pension
Local 802 has signed off with several Jewish single engagement employers on a new collective bargaining agreement. Representatives from Neshoma, Neginah, Barock and Nafshenu negotiated with Senior Business Rep Peter Voccola and an eight-member team of musicians. Both sides agreed
Recent recording dates in mid-November that were cancelled without sufficient notice stiffed 45 musicians – including instrumentalists, arrangers and copyists – for a total of $40,000, including benefits. The loss reinforced 802’s longstanding policy to get an advance deposit from
At the last Sound Agreement negotiations, Local 802 and the AFM made it clear that the “Big Five” record labels were missing critical information from hundreds of recording reports making it difficult for the union to enforce the contract. The
As I write this, Broadway negotiations are tentatively scheduled to begin in late December or early January. The Broadway Theatre Committee, made up of representatives from each show, has been working for more than a year and a half to
In my last column for Allegro I focussed on member services that Local 802 offers, their availability and the means to access them. In this article I’d like to comment on the flow of information: from outside the union to
If you’re uninsured and rely on gigs and other projects to earn a living, the cost of health insurance is probably a very central concern. With about one-third of Americans now working in flexible or mobile jobs, musicians and other
The 2002 Pulitzer Prize for music was awarded to 88 year old Henry Brant for his composition ‘Ice Field’, premiered by the San Francisco Symphony December 12, 2001. Approaching his 70th year as a member of Local 802, Brant talked
There are times when many of us feel that our performance may not be up to par. Sometimes this feeling only lasts for a performance or two. For others, this may continue for an extended period of time and become
(This article, submitted by a Local 802 member, contains advice and suggestions intended to improve one’s health and well-being. Local 802 and Allegro offer no endorsement or recommendation regarding the efficacy or safety of any of the remedies suggested, and
I love teaching music. I love it for the way it makes me feel when a student discovers the simple logic of the circle of fifths. I love it for the way a little girl and a middle-aged stockbroker light
This slender large-print folio is Julie Lieberman’s sixth music instruction manual. Aimed at conductors, directors and educators, it suggests some modifications on the traditional teacher/student relationship, including the physical arrangement of the classroom and rehearsal space, and offers strategies, techniques
Matt Weiers is a pianist, visual artist and music teacher in Portland, Or. Athump, thump, thumping drum; a bouncing, bounding bass; the stinging chord from a bright guitar. A haunting voice floats from your radio and that sound is born
WOMEN’S HIV GROUP Mondays, 4:30-6 An on-going support group for women in the entertainment community living with HIV. For more information, call Elizabeth Avedon at (212) 221-7300, ext. 138. ARE YOU ON THE FENCE WITH LIFE IN THE INDUSTRY? Feb.
NEW YORK GRAND OPERA Local 802 and New York Grand Opera reached a one-year agreement that covers all work performed at Flushing Town Hall from Sept. 1, 2002 through Aug. 30, 2003. Performance and rehearsal wages were significantly increased. In
WESTBURY MUSIC FAIR Local 802 settled a dispute with Westbury Music Fair over cancellation of an engagement by Johnny Mathis scheduled for last March 8-9. The $7,500 settlement represents wages and benefits for 26 musicians who were canceled one day
Nancie Banks – Vocalist/Bandleader Helen Berlin – Violin Bill Berry – Trumpet Louis Damico – Saxophone Julius Grossman – Violin/Music Educator Roland Hanna – Piano Berge Kalajian – Trumpet Ben Kendall – Piano Werner Lywen – Violin Edward Pancari –
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Giannini, Landolfi, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon. President
Meeting called to order at 1 p.m. Present were members Goletz, Hood, Koch, Lambert, Ray, Roberts, Schwartz (Trial Board clerk) and Singer. Member Rojas absent. Case #925: Plaintiff Erwin L. Price, Recording Vice-President, Local 802, appeared before the Board to
I played at a jazz festival last September up at Chautauqua Lake, N.Y., an annual event that is put together by Joe Boughton of the Allegheny Jazz Society. Joe is an enthusiastic organizer and always puts together a good program.