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German Musicians May Strike

MUNICH -- If it were up to the German Orchestra Organization (DOV), Germany would be a land without classical music these days, because it has called upon its 13,400 members – the municipal and state orchestras’ musicians – to strike.

This could affect almost a hundred opera and symphony orchestras across Germany, where most orchestral bodies and theaters are either employed by the city or the state. The strike does not concern independently organized orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, or any of the broadcasting stations’ orchestras like the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra or the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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