To the editors:

We take this opportunity to inform you of the reasons for our picketing actions at the Bolshoi Ballet’s appearance at the Civic Opera House May 26-28, 1989 [Our Town, June 9].

We were astounded to learn that this prestigious company perpetrated what we consider an artistic fraud on Chicago’s balletomanes by using recorded music behind the troupe, rather than the live orchestra patrons had every right to expect. Let it be further noted that ticket prices were not reduced (top seats were $65.00). The symphonic brass ensemble we provided outside the Opera House was the only live music the duped customer heard all night.

At least 90% of the attendees agreed heartily with our position, and subsequent letters and phone calls to us have re-affirmed the propriety of our position.

Charles A. Guse


Chicago Federation of Musicians