What is the Shreveport Symphony? The Board seems to believe the SSO is whatever musicians they can get to play for what they want to pay.
We believe the SSO is a specific group of highly talented musicians who have worked together for many years, who have a rapport with the symphony audience, are long-standing members of the community and are involved in every aspect of the musical life of the Ark-La-Tex and the musical education of its children.
The musicians of the SSO wish to reaffirm our desire to see this conflict resolved so we can return to the stage and perform. Unfortunately the Board has refused to move from its initial offer since it was first presented and rejected by us over 17 months ago. Libby Siskron stated, "The board won't see a 60-year organization die without a fight." The question is whether fighting the musicians of the symphony is the way to save the organization.
The statement represents the thoughts of musicians Peter Haas, Thomas Hundemer, Mike Scarlato, Rick Rowell and Theresa Zale.