Musicians reject contract offer from struggling CSO

CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Musicians in a struggling South Carolina symphony have rejected a new contract offer than includes a deep pay cut.

The musicians rejected the interim agreement meant to keep the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in business for the 2010-11 season.

The symphony suspended performances in late March because of financial struggles. The proposed agreement would cut base salaries by 84% to $3,600 a year. Principal players would get an additional $1,000 a month.

Musicians' spokesman Ryan Leveille said in a statement Friday that concessions have been made in recent years in an effort to help the orchestra survive.

Next season would mark the symphony's 75th anniversary.

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