With a new labor contract in place, SA Symphony violinist Craig Sorgi is stepping down as the chair of the musicians’ negotiating committee.
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.
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.
I can’t imagine the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts without the San Antonio Symphony and a vibrant season of orchestral programs.
The $203 million transformation of the historic Municipal Auditorium that reopened as the Tobin in 2014 was conceived and designed to be the home of this city’s performing arts organizations – the opera, ballet, the youth orchestra, and others – but the symphony is the bedrock foundation of them all.
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, the San Antonio Symphony’s musical director and conductor, announced to a Tricentennial Celebration concert audience Friday night that the orchestra’s shows would go on, reversing the announced cancellation of the Symphony’s season.
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.
This weekend’s Tricentennial Celebration concerts, Fri. and Sat. Jan. 5-6, will go on, however the remainder of the 2017-18 season has been canceled.
The decision by the Symphonic Music of San Antonio to withdraw from its agreement to take over operations of the San Antonio Symphony from the Symphony Society of San Antonio has created a great deal of confusion and consternation.
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, the San Antonio Symphony’s music director, said Friday that an upcoming series of Tricentennial concerts set to begin next week will happen.
The Musician’s Society of San Antonio union has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against San Antonio Symphony management, and scheduled a news conference for Thursday.