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Currently Browsing: November, 2017

President's Report
As Allegro goes to press, there are only a few days before the Nov. 7 general election in New York. We urge you to vote for our endorsed candidates (see www.local802afm.org/political-endorsements) and we also urge you to flip your ballot

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E-mail letters to Allegro editor Mikael Elsila or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local

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Big donors have choices: name a building after yourself, or support dozens of ensembles for years to come
What’s more important to the artistic health of New York City: a flagship concert hall or a thriving network of smaller ensembles? The answer to that question is open to debate, but it could make all the difference. As most

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YUH-LINE NIOU Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (Assembly District 65) was first elected to the State Assembly in 2016 and quickly established herself as an important advocate for labor protections and as a leader in Lower Manhattan’s diverse community. As the chair

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When Marin Alsop conducts, she looks to tell a story. Her own musical journey follows a fascinating arc as well.
Bob Pawlo with Marissa Faltings
Marin Alsop, a member of Local 802 since 1973, is an inspiring and powerful music director who passionately believes that music has the power to change lives. As one of Leonard Bernstein’s best known pupils, she is recognized around the

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Renata Marinaro
Despite all the attempts this year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare), most things have remained the same. Open enrollment still begins Nov. 1. There’s still a penalty if you don’t enroll in health

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Harvey Mars is counsel to Local 802. Legal questions from members are welcome. E-mail them to hsmlaborlaw@harveymarsattorney.com. Harvey Mars’s previous articles in this series are archived at www.harveymarsattorney.com. (Click on “Publications & Articles” from the top menu.) Nothing here or

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Member to Member
Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki
Allegro’s “Member to Member” column invites musicians to submit their own personal thoughts on music. We’ve recently received essays from members who are also songwriters. Below, Local 802 member Robert Grusecki and his creative partner and wife Anya Turner discuss

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But in this game, everyone's a winner
Clint Sharman
The Local 802 softball teams played their hearts out this season. As usual, we competed in the Performing Arts Softball League, a 12-team league composed exclusively of Broadway unions and other entertainment professionals in New York City. In the course

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Musicians at Work
David Gilbert conducted the Senior Concert Orchestra at its annual recital at Carnegie Hall in October. The ensemble is composed of the most experienced professionals in New York City, many of them former musicians with the New York Philharmonic, MET

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RICHARD (RICK) CENTALONZA Richard (Rick) Centalonza, 71, a multi-instrumentalist and Grammy winner, died on Sept. 17 after being a member of Local 802 since 1970. Mr. Centalonza, who had been the house contractor at the Westbury Music Fair for 30

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April 18, 2017 - June 13, 2017
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on May 23, 2017. TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:08 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Executive Board members Brandford, Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Suttmann, Assistant to the

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The following bylaw amendment will be proposed and voted on at the Local 802 membership meeting on Feb. 7, 2018: New language is underlined below: Article III, Section 5, Paragraph (a): “…A further portion of the amount thus collected by

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Peter Vamos
In 1970, I left the oppressive reigns of communism that had engulfed Hungary. I arrived in NYC, obtained asylum, and thereafter U.S. citizenship. My diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest enabled me to enter Juilliard and earn a

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Cliff Roberts
I joined Local 802 because I feel that unions are more valuable than they ever have been, especially in this climate. My instrument is the Great Highland bagpipe. While some may call it a folk instrument or something you hear

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Garrett Hack
As a woodwind doubler, I felt New York offered the most diverse and robust market for my skill set. I joined Local 802 because it has long been a dream of mine to play Broadway shows, and succeed in New

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Julia Klot
I joined Local 802 to network with other musicians. My musical goal in NYC is to share my music with other people through performing. My most favorite and recent gig was a solo show at the Bitter End where I

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Jo Ann Daugherty
As a pianist/conductor who splits time between Chicago and New York, it just made sense for me to join Local 802. My pursuits are broad, but the union is always a relevant part of my scene. And it’s a connection

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Matt Gorsky
I joined Local 802 because I love New York music and working with other musicians! As a member of both SAG-AFTRA (I played clarinet for stalwart director Danny Strong on the set of his feature film, “Rebel in the Rye”)

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November '17
Many years ago, Lou Caputo and the late Joel Perry were playing a wedding in Arizona on a horse ranch. During the cocktail hour the waitress kept coming over to them and offering them drinks of what she called “cactus

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