Board Members Quit Over Opera Troupe's Virtual Orchestra
Virtual orchestras — whose computerized electronics simulate musical accompaniment — are used to flesh out small groups of musicians by several touring theatrical companies, but thus far their use in New York has been to augment large complements of live players. The controversy over virtual orchestras peaked during the Broadway musicians' strike in March. The producers said they planned to use virtual orchestras if musicians called a work stoppage, but the point became moot when other theater workers' unions went out and Broadway went dark. The dispute was eventually settled with mayoral intervention.