The San Antonio Symphony's musicians work to revive orchestra — this time with a viable future
"That's a decision by a group of people, but they cannot wipe out history, legacy, and heritage," the orchestra's former music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing said of the Symphony Society's decision.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Symphony board dissolves 83-year-old orchestra, blames its striking musicians
The Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony went on strike last September, saying the board's plan to slash pay and benefits and cut the orchestra's number of players would essentially destroy the organization.sacurrent.com
What will it take to secure the future of the San Antonio Symphony?
The unique history between the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony may make it challenging to build a strong foundation for the future, but the executive director of the symphony says they’re committed to moving forward.
The concert will go on despite firing, says now-former SA Symphony music director
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, the now-former San Antonio Symphony music director, says he will perform in a scheduled concert to support the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony in May. That support, he says, may have cost him his job.
San Antonio Symphony strike continues
Since Sept. 27, 2021, the San Antonio Symphony musicians have been on a strike due to cuts made by symphony management to their salaries and benefits. The proposal offered by management would cut the orchestra from 72 full-time employees to 46, keeping the other 26 as part-time employees. Those asked to work part-time would be...trinitonian.com
San Antonio Symphony to resume performance schedule in 2021, introduce streaming options
The concert will feature guest pianist Stephen Hough.The spring's planned concerts include performances of W.A. Mozart'sSymphony, Aaron Copland'sand Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.In addition to adjusted safety protocols at the Tobin Center for socially distanced in-person attendance, the symphony will implement new streaming options for patrons to enjoy from home. It will reveal more details on those in the coming weeks.At present, the symphony has suspended single-ticket purchases for upcoming performances. It will send patrons information about how the new schedule affects existing subscriptions or subscription renewals for the coming year. All of us here at the symphony are excited to return to serving our community through music.sacurrent.com
SA Symphony receives $17,500 grant from National Endowment for the Arts
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Symphony announced Tuesday that it received a $17,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue virtually a first-of-its-kind program that incorporates Shakespeare into the classroom. The grant for the symphony will allow organizers and performers to continue performances in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Jeremey Brimhall, education director for the San Antonio Symphony, said the program was a semester-long initiative utilizing music and language arts to impact learning. It also signifies how the quality of our programs here in San Antonio are recognized nationally. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, click here.
San Antonio Symphony Set to Take the Stage Sept. 25
The San Antonio Symphony is poised to infuse the city with creative energy as it emerges from the coronavirus shutdown, having canceled the remainder of its season in March. Intended as the final concert of his last season as conductor, the composers ethnicity recalls Lang-Lessings Russian-Jewish side of the family, he said. In between, the season brings over another concert from the canceled 2019-2020 season, Beethovens grand Symphony No. 5 Jan. 15-16, David Danzmayr will conduct Tchaikovskys Symphony No. Confronting the uncertainty of the months ahead, Lang-Lessing said of going forward with the schedule, this is all nice planning.therivardreport.com
Budget Bloodbath: Defunding San Antonio Arts Organizations Will Save Money During the Current Crisis, But at What Cost?
click to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio SymphonyGiven the scope of the coronavirus pandemic, San Antonio arts groups were expecting budget cuts. Institutions including the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio lost 20% of their allotted city funding for the year.Members of the arts community warn that the cutbacks are likely to run deeper than a few canceled shows or concerts. Theyre a deep blow to San Antonios rich local culture.Were not about just entertaining, said Graciela Sanchez, director of the Esperanza Center. Do we get half of that amount that we all got, do we get 25%, do we get nothing?To be sure, San Antonio is already seeing casualties. While citys cuts are understandable, for many in the arts community they still feel like a knife in the back.sacurrent.com
These COVID-19 Cases Were Less Severe, But Suggest Massive Undercount
She called her doctor, who recommended her for a coronavirus test at Freeman Coliseum. As a professional woodwind player and dedicated runner, she worried about the effect the virus would have on her lungs. Person-to-Person SpreadAnother family ski trip brought home at least two confirmed cases of coronavirus, with a possible total of 20 infected people. The familys experience illustrated the potential that the number of confirmed cases undercounts the actual number of people carrying the virus in San Antonio. In the brief respite after returning from her ski trip and before symptoms set in, Key stuck to her daily running schedule.therivardreport.com
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.sacurrent.com
Austin Chamber Ensemble Mir Quartet Performs Together Remotely But With a Silly Twist
click image YouTube / themiroquartetMany musicians including the San Antonio Symphony have found ways to perform together virtually while we shelter in place.But Austin's Mir Quartet wasn't satisfied with recording yet another classical music Zoom call.Instead, the musicians eschewed their usual instruments violin, viola and cello for something new: the Otamatone , a surprisingly versatile anthropomorphic Japanese musical toy.While most Otamatone virtuosos stick to covering '80s pop songs , Mir took it to the next level, performing an excerpt from the second movement of Franz Schubert's, also known as, which the group posted on YouTube last Friday. "The Mir Quartet wanted to find ways to stay connected as a group and also with its fans during the COVID-19 shutdown," the YouTube video's description reads. "But we wanted to do something a little different, a little more fun. ""These Japanese instruments were gifted to us by a fan, and while we had enjoyed playing on them, this period seemed to present a perfect time for us to hone our Otamatone skills they're quite difficult to play! So here it is, in all its glory, our first, of hopefully many, Otamatone string quartet videos."sacurrent.com
San Antonio Symphony Releases Virtual Performance on YouTube
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Coronavirus Concerns Drive Cancellation of Symphony Season
Among the casualties of the coronavirus pandemic is the San Antonio Symphony, which on Thursday announced the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-2020 season. For me, its more important to see that this is not the last season of the symphony. This is not anything to be compared with other times when the Symphony has struggled to keep a season going. Goree said shes hopeful next season will go on as planned, and supported the Symphony Society of San Antonios decision to cancel the season as a matter of community health. The Symphony and the community wants the music to return to the stage as soon and as strongly as possible.therivardreport.com
San Antonio Symphony Cancels the Remainder of Season Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
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Vocalists to Join San Antonio Symphony for Special Performance of Musical Theater Hits
Jazz hands everyone the San Antonio Symphony is bringing the musical stylings of Broadway classics to the Tobin Center.The Symphony will be accompanied by vocalists Scarlett Strallen, Debbie Gravitte and Hugh Panaro as they perform hits fromand more. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Symphony to Perform Soundtrack Alongside Screening of The Wizard of Oz
There is no logical reason whyhas entered the Christmas film canon. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Ballet San Antonio to Take Over the Tobin Center with Annual Rendition of The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonios back with a beloved Christmas favorite, Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskysEven the least-cultured among us will recognize the ballets musical selections about sugar plums, snowflakes and princes, which will be played live by the San Antonio Symphony. Joining forces with Ballet SAs professional corps of dancers is a cast of San Antonio area children, who will showcase our citys emerging local talent. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
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.sacurrent.com
2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition Contestants Announced
When San Antonio Symphony music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing learned about changes to the Gurwitz International Piano Competition (formerly the San Antonio International Piano Competition) he said, The last thing the world needs is another piano competition. I think for any city its a great honor to have an international competition of this caliber, she said. Guests including San Antonio Symphony board chair Kathleen Vale, Linda Hardberger, County Judge Nelson Wolff, and members of the former San Antonio International Piano Competition board were treated to Liszt and Chopin performed by former competition finalist Mei Rui of Houston. We as musicians need to be doing that.Ruth Jean Gurwitz, who died in 2015, was the driving force of the San Antonio International Piano Competition for decades. She got it.The 2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition will be held Jan. 26 Feb. 1.therivardreport.com