The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the nation's top orchestras. It has been facing financial problems in recent years, with corporate contributions and ticket sales down and an operating deficit that could reach $5 million this year. Now they are negotiating with the orchestra's musicians over a new contract.
Haden McKay, a cellist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, explains why the musicians have voted to authorize a strike if negotiations break down. Terrance McKnight, the evening host on WQXR, the classical music station which is part of New York Public Radio, describes the orchestra's importance to the community and how cuts will affect the orchestra.
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