City of San Antonio Decimates Arts Funding, Furloughs 270 Employees in Latest Budget Cuts

click to enlarge Courtesy of the San Antonio SymphonyThe San Antonio Symphony is one of many organizations to lose funding from the city. That allows fAfter the city of San Antonio cut $82 million in funding last week, it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped.And now it has.On Wednesday afternoon, the city announced the latest bad news: the cancellation of funding for local arts organizations and the furlough of 270 municipal employees from five departments.The cuts are in anticipation of lost tax revenue from the airport, local hotels, the convention center and the Alamodome, all of which have dwindled in use during the COVID-19 pandemic.Mayor Ron Nirenberg made it clear that this is a furlough, not a layoffurloughed employees to keep their health coverage. City officials will file for unemployment on their behalf.Local arts agencies will also be hit hard. Funding has been stopped for organizations including the San Antonio Symphony, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and many more. City-run spaces including the Centro de Artes, currently closed due to the stay-at-home order, will now remain shuttered.The suspension of funding applies to city arts grants as well.Though Nirenberg made assurances that cuts would be reversed once tax revenue rebounds or other funding mechanisms are found, it remains to be seen how many of San Antonio's arts organizations will still be around to receive it.

San Antonio's SOLI Chamber Ensemble Opens Their 2019-2020 Season with New Music Including Playing a Cactus

click to enlarge Courtesy of SOLI Chamber Ensembleclick to enlarge Courtesy of SOLI Chamber EnsembleYvonne Freckmann performs on a cactus at NESAEvent Details Nature's Voices @ Jazz, TX and Trinity University Ruth Taylor Recital Hall 312 Pearl Pkwy. 6001) and One Trinity Place San Antonio, TX When: Tue., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. 2103178816 Price: $10-$25 Live Music and Classical Music MapClassical music season is heading into full swing, and it's not just the San Antonio Symphony that's putting on the ritz. Shortly after Agarita's season opener this weekend, SOLI Chamber Ensemble is also getting back in the saddle with a concert featuring five innovative pieces by contemporary composers.For their first program this fall, the stalwart member of San Antonio's classical music community is wasting no time reminding us how they made their mark.features five contemporary composers four of whom are still living including the world premiere of San Antonio-raised composer Yvonne Freckmann's, which prominently features locally made field recordings.Also on the program are Elliot Cole's, Robert Creely's, Mason Bates'and Steven Snowden'sThis week, SOLI members Stephanie Key and David Mollenauer gave a special sneak peek ofto local students at North East School of the Arts (NESA), featuring special accompaniment by Freckmann on an amplified cactus.No, we're not kidding they're putting a mic on a cactus and playing it like a particularly prickly fiddle, and curious Alamo City citizens can see it for themselves next week.will debut at Jazz, TX on Monday, October 14, followed by a performance at Trinity University on Tuesday, October 15.