San Francisco Symphony's Sunday concert canceled, East Coast tour in doubt 

click to enlarge An East coast tour is in doubt as the San Francisco Symphony musicians continue to strike through Sunday. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • An East coast tour is in doubt as the San Francisco Symphony musicians continue to strike through Sunday.

Two more San Francisco Symphony concert were canceled today due to a strike by musicians, according to symphony officials. Tonight's 8 p.m. and concert and Sunday's scheduled 2 p.m. performance were both canceled today as symphony officials and musicians continued contract talks.

Symphony officials will make an announcement Sunday on the status of the symphony's three-day East Coast tour, which is scheduled to start March 20. Symphony musicians announced the strike on Wednesday, prompting the symphony to cancel concerts starting Thursday.

The musicians are unhappy with a proposal by management that would include a pay freeze in the first year and 1 percent increases in the next two years.

Although they make an average of more than $165,000, the third-highest total for a symphony in the country, the musicians say expensive instruments and the costs of living in the Bay Area hurt their ability to compete with other top orchestras.

Patrons with tickets to cancelled concerts can exchange them for another concert, donate their tickets or get a refund, officials said today.

The fate of Sunday's scheduled matinee performance will be announced by later tonight, officials said.

Information about the options is available by calling the symphony's box office at (415) 864-6000 or visiting online at www.sfsymphony.org.

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