Costello cancels Pittsburgh show in solidarity with strike

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.

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