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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra cancels concerts amid strike
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has canceled holiday and all other concerts through the end of the year amid a lingering strike by musicians over salaries.

A symphony statement Monday announced cancellation of concerts at Bass Performance Hall through December, plus performances in Mansfield and Stephenville.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/2eFAtdH ) reports musicians went on strike Sept. 8 after rejecting a contract with initial pay cuts.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has 65 full-time musicians earning an average $62,000 annually, plus health benefits. Symphony management, which cited a $700,000 annual deficit, began canceling concerts a few weeks at a time after the strike began.

Management and the musicians union met Saturday for the first time in almost two months. Negotiations have gone on for more than a year.

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