Elvis Costello stands in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Inductee Elvis Costello performs at the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Inductee Elvis Costello performs at the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Elvis Costello is canceling his upcoming show in Pittsburgh in solidarity with striking Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians.

In a statement, he says his Nov. 1 show at the Heinz Hall cannot go on because he is unwilling to cross the picket line.

He asks his fans for their understanding and to “support live music wherever it is heard.”

The orchestra has canceled all concerts through Nov. 18, after the musicians went on strike Sept. 30.

The musicians are objecting to a 15 percent pay cut and other concessions management says are necessary to keep the symphony solvent in the face of more than $20 million in debt over the next five years.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s