"If we were to continue to work under their contract, we would see a very bad talent drain," said McKay, a 27-year orchestra veteran. "Some of our top players are already getting phone calls from all around the country."
Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians go on strike →
Musicians' spokesman Haden McKay tells the Detroit Free Press that Slatkin "showed a lot of understanding" and vowed to be a "positive force" during the meeting Sunday night.
DSO music director meets with 2 striking musicians →