As if the news from Minnesota and NYCO weren’t bad enough, there will be no opening night concert at Carnegie Hall tonight. Conflict with the stage hand union over what counts as a performing venue, rather than an educational one, it seems. Carnegie Hall is set to open a new education wing, where IATSE/Local 1 would like to expand jurisdiction – as in, get paid their contracted rates to do their work in the new space. In other words, money is the hold up.
After all this bad news, hopefully at some point soon, administrators will start choosing the shortest path to making music, instead of proving a point. Money has to come from somewhere. But the people – stagehands, musicians, singers, etc – who are familiar with the space, loyal to the company, and work well together, should get some priority.