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Strike over, Detroit Symphony rehearsals resume


DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's musical director says the most difficult thing about the six-month musicians' strike for him was "standing by and not doing anything."

Leonard Slatkin told reporters on Thursday ahead of resuming rehersals that he believes the process "probably played out the way it needed to."

The first concert is planned for Saturday night.

The two sides said Monday that they had reached a settlement after lengthy weekend talks. The musicians will officially vote Thursday afternoon on the tentative agreement and results are expected Friday.

The dispute was over how deep a pay cut the musicians would have to take to help the struggling symphony balance its budget. The musicians were offering to accept a 22 percent cut, while management sought and then imposed a 33 percent cut.

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