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QCSO Musicians Approve Three Year Contract

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Members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra now have a new contract.

On Tuesday, the musicians announced they've signed a three-year agreement that goes into effect immediately, and continues through the 2024-2025 concert season.

The contract covers 86 members of the orchestra, raises wages 8.75 per cent by the end of the agreement, and includes modest increases in travel expense reimbursements.

In a press release, Players Committee Chair, Stephen Burian acknowledges "the collaborative spirit of Orchestra Management and the board, through the negotiation process as we continue to tackle the issues of providing great musical performances."

Local 67 of the American Federation of Musicians has been dissolved, and QCSO members now belong to Local 137, based in Cedar Rapids.

The 108th season begins on August 20th with the annual Riverfront Pops event.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.