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CSO musicians ratify contract; concerts will go on

Updated: October 27, 2012 6:15AM

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ratified a three-year contract Tuesday morning at Symphony Center. Terms were not disclosed.

After reaching a tentative settlement Monday night with the CSO Association, the players ended a strike that began Saturday night just hours before a CSO subscription performance with music director Riccardo Muti.

The contract awaits confirmation from the CSO Association’s board of trustees, which is expected later this week.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, the musicians said, “The issues that we addressed in these negotiations were difficult ones, and compromises had to be made to reach an agreement.” Contract talks broke down largely over proposed increases in health-care premiums.

The players’ union said it would post updates on its Facebook page ( and via its Twitter feed ( as they come available.

All four CSO performances this week, including the Symphony Ball gala Saturday night, will proceed as scheduled.

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