The San Antonio Symphony currently ranks 55th in terms of national orchestra budgets, says conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Whether recent outpourings of community support can give the struggling Symphony the sustainable future it needs remains an open question.
Its season was canceled Wednesday night, but the unraveling of the structure of the San Antonio Symphony had begun months earlier, at a May 5 meeting last year.
The future of the San Antonio Symphony is in limbo after three of its largest donors pulled out of a transition agreement on Wednesday.
The union representing the San Antonio Symphony musicians announced Thursday it was at a standstill with the orchestra’s management over contract negotiations a mere 10 days before the current contract extension expires.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday named J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. chairman of the five-member Texas Transportation Commission.
Thomas A. Stephenson, the former publisher of the San Antonio Express-News and later the Houston Chronicle, was named the first executive director of the recently formed Symphonic Music for San Antonio (SMSA), a nonprofit organization with the mission of securing the San Antonio Symphony’s long-term viability in the city.
The local orchestra has been struggling financially for years. SMSA will take over on Sept. 1., the first day of its fiscal year.
Several other San Antonio executives are starting a new bank in Austin, the first in Texas since the recession.
J. Bruce Bugg Jr. announced earlier this month that he is ending his nine-year tenure as chairman and president of the Bexar County Performing Arts Foundation.
Sam Dawson will replace J. Bruce Bugg Jr., who has stepped down from his position as chairman of the Bexar County Performing Arts Foundation board.