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March 1, 2011

Take 6 cancels

Detroit News (MI):

Take 6, the gospel sextet that was to perform Thursday at Orchestra Hall as part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Paradise Jazz Series, has canceled their appearance. The Nashville-based group was hired to replace jazz singer Bobby McFerrin, who bowed out last Thursday because of the musicians' strike, now entering its fifth month.

The DSO said in a release sent out Monday, Take 6 withdrew "due to pressure they and their families have been receiving from the union," citing phone calls, e-mails and Facebook wall posts.

When contacted, DSO spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said she couldn't add anything beyond the official statement.

At mid-afternoon Monday, the Take 6 Facebook page had about a dozen postings imploring the a cappella group to back out of their Detroit appearance, and about an equal number — some from DSO musicians — praising them once they'd canceled.

In an official statement Take 6 members said they regretted their decision, and remain "hopeful that continued negotiations between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the musicians' union will result in a positive outcome for everyone and that we will be invited back."

Take 6 manager Gene Dries declined to make the performers available for an interview, saying the group would have no further comment on the matter. "We just feel making no comment is clearly to the benefit of everyone involved," he said.

Well as a producer I have mixed feeling about unions (IATSA specifically) but certainly believe that folks have the right to stick together and a musician should not cross another musician's picket line.

Posted by acapnews at March 1, 2011 9:08 PM

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