Cast, Crews From Hit Chicago Shows Join CSO Musicians at Picket Line

The contract between the musicians’ union and the orchestra expired March 10

Cast and crew members from popular musicals and television shows, like “Hamilton,” “Chicago Fire,” and “The Chi,” joined musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the picket line Tuesday as the group continues its push for better compensation. 

The musicians’ strike has now entered its second week, with union members refusing to enter Orchestra Hall, instead picketing daily on South Michigan Avenue. The strike has already led to concert cancellations as negotiations continued last week. 

The contract between the musicians’ union and the orchestra expired March 10. 

The Chicago Federation of Musicians said that while competing orchestral associations have increased musician wages and benefits, CSO Musicians have seen their compensation, retirement and health benefits stagnate. 

“The arts in Chicago are part of what makes our city great and a destination for audiences from around the world,” The Chicago Symphony Orchestra said in a statement. “The current strike has led to canceled concerts. The Association remains committed to reaching consensus on a new agreement that provides our exceptional musicians with a generous and sustainable compensation package, and we look forward to resuming negotiations soon.”

Joining the musicians and showing their support at the picket line Tuesday were cast and crew members from hit shows like “Hamilton,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Chicago Fire,” “The Chi,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” The Second City and more.

Illinois’ congressional delegation was also expected to join the line Tuesday afternoon.

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