With a new labor contract in place, SA Symphony violinist Craig Sorgi is stepping down as the chair of the musicians’ negotiating committee.
Bexar County Commissioners approved a $350,000 matching grant Friday to fund the San Antonio Symphony that will come from money earlier set aside for Tricentennial support.
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.
Viability is a major issue for the San Antonio Symphony, which has struggled to recruit and maintain large corporate and individual donors in its recent past.
The concept of heroism and heroes looms large in this weekend’s SA Symphony concerts, which features selections to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
San Antonio Symphony musicians ratified the contract at its concert rehearsal Thursday – an agreement that preserves current salaries and does not cut any players.
County Judge Wolff and Mayor Nirenberg on Tuesday announced a plan aimed at incentivizing the Symphony Society of San Antonio to privately fundraise.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Mayor Ron Nirenberg met Monday morning to work on what kind of funding would be available for San Antonio Symphony operations, with City and County managers looking to have a plan in place on Tuesday, Wolff said.
The San Antonio Symphony’s situation is complex, as will be untangling those nets, but here are some thoughts from someone who closely observed the Minnesota Orchestra’s16-month lockout.
Nirenberg was frank about the challenges in developing more robust community support, raising money for the current season, and developing a long-term sustainable business plan.