They came to hear classical music, but all they got was crickets!
More than 2,000 classical music lovers were all dressed up and ready to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but arrived to find the musicians on strike!
“I don't know really what the argument is... but this is an outrage," said disappointed concertgoer Leon Brenner, Jr.
“We came here and we saw the signs and it's like what? What is going on?" said Serenity Fung.
Yeah...first your teachers go on strike...and now the orchestra?!
What gives, Chicago?!
It’s the same song, second verse.
Just like the teachers, the musicians want more moolah.
Chicago teachers make an average $75,000 a year.
How much do the musicians make?
"The average salary of a Chicago Symphony Orchestra musician is $173,000," said Deborah Rutter, President of the CSO Association.
$173,000 a year?!
Taking high school orchestra doesn`t seem so nerdy anymore, does it?
The orchestra members have been working without a contract since September 16th, so what made them hit such a sour note?
It all comes down to working more for less pay, and the cost of healthcare.
If the musicians can’t find a way to work in harmony with the CSO Association, it won’t matter how much money they get...because there will be no one there to hear them play.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times