Philly Orches­tra goes on strike, can­cels gala

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The Philadel­phia Orches­tra has gone on strike, can­cel­ing an open­ing night per­for­mance that about 1,000 peo­ple had come to hear.

Philly.com re­ports that the 96 mu­si­cians and two li­brar­i­ans who be­long to Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Mu­si­cians Lo­cal 77 de­cided to strike about an hour be­fore cur­tain time on Fri­day. Last-minute ef­forts to reach an agree­ment failed dur­ing back stage talks.

Orches­tra pres­i­dent Al­li­son B. Vul­g­amore ap­peared on stage about 20 min­utes be­fore the con­cert was to be­gin and told the au­di­ence there would be no per­for­mance be­cause a la­bor agree­ment wasn’t in place for “one of the world’s great­est or­ches­tras, if not the great­est.”

Af­ter the au­di­ence left the Kim­mel Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, mu­si­cians came out car­ry­ing picket signs.

Com­mis­sioner: Cops fired 109 shots

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Philadel­phia’s po­lice com­mis­sioner says nine officers fired a to­tal of 109 shots at a man who went on a stab­bing ram­page.

Com­mis­sioner Richard Ross says the po­lice re­sponse might have been a case of “con­ta­gious gun­fire,” adding the high num­ber of shots fired con­cerns him and might lead to ad­di­tional train­ing.

Ross says Christo­pher Sow­ell was hit mul­ti­ple times Wed­nes­day night and was killed.

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