AFM says Kirov Orchestra took part in "fraudulent behavior"
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Source: Mi2N - April 14, 2002
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) the 112 piece St
Petersburgh-based Kirov Orchestra violated the conditions of its P-1 Visa
application when in February, it recorded the soundtrack for Paramount's
"K-19: The Widowmaker," starring Harrison Ford.
In a letter to the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), AFM
President Tom Lee claims the Kirov Orchestra violated the conditions of its
P-1 Visa application while in the US and said its participation constituted
fraudulent behavior. "The Kirov was admitted to the United States expressly
as an accompaniment to opera and ballet performances," stated Lee. "They
were not admitted to steal work from American recording musicians, undercut
American wages, and permit Paramount Pictures to dodge payroll taxes."
The orchestra was to have been back in the US between July 8 and 26 for
performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. But in a letter to the opera
house, the AFM suggested the Met "make arrangements with Local 802 (New York
City) for a replacement orchestra for the event."
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