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SYMPHONY SOCIETY OF SAN ANTONIO Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/30/2014: SYMPHONY SOCIETY OF SAN ANTONIO

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AKA  San Antonio Symphony
SAN ANTONIO , TX
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SYMPHONY SOCIETY OF SAN ANTONIO Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/30/2014: SYMPHONY SOCIETY OF SAN ANTONIO

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Also Known As: San Antonio Symphony
Physical Address: SAN ANTONIO , TX 78293 
EIN: 74-1185669
Web URL: www.sasymphony.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A60 Performing Arts
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A69 Symphony Orchestras
Ruling Year: 1941 
Top Funders: City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs - $540,060
Albert & Bessie Mae Kronkosky Charitable Foundation - $250,000
H-E-B - $166,000


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Mission Statement

The mission of the San Antonio Symphony is to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service.

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Fiscal Year Starting: September 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: August 31, 2013

Total Revenue $8,070,525
Total Expenses $6,820,579

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Program Description:

The San Antonio Symphony, founded by Italian conductor Max Reiter in 1939, continues to fulfill its mission to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service. Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing returns for his third season, highlighted by his signature festival programming in the 2013 Brahms Festival. Like the Tchaikovsky and Beethoven Festivals, the Brahms Festival will promote increased artistic and audience growth and greater collaboration among community arts organizations. Maestro Lang-Lessing introduces an all new Discover Series as part this festival to enhance our education and audience outreach efforts. The Symphony continues to offer the acclaimed Classics and POPS Series, Family Series, special events, Young People’s Concerts and Community Engagement programs. Concerts will feature composers from Handel and Ives, celebrate the heroes of Broadway and give audience members a chance to take a musical voyage with Christopher Columbus.  We also introduce an all new Baroque Series which will be performed at the historic San Fernando Cathedral. This series is led by Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.   The San Antonio Symphony’s 2012-13 season is comprised of a Classics Series, POPS Series, Family Series, special events, Baroque Series, Young People’s Concerts and Community Engagement programs.   Classics Series The 14-week Classics Series programs serve as the core of the Symphony’s concert offerings. Led primarily by Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing, these concerts are held on Friday and Saturday nights at the historic Majestic Theatre and feature the orchestra and a variety of guest artists and some guest conductors in performances of the finest orchestral repertoire. Our own Principal Horn Jeff Garza will be featured as soloist in January 2013 in a performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. Additional prestigious international guest artists include violinist Baiba Skride and pianist Ewa Kupiec, and we continue collaborations with the San Antonio Mastersingers and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. The Classics Series is home to the Symphony’s portion of the Brahms Festival, showcasing all four Brahms symphonies, the two piano concerti, the Violin Concerto and the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Guest artists for these include pianist Kirill Girstein, violinist Vadim Gluzman and cellist Jian Wang.   POPS Series The 6-week POPS Series will be held at both the Majestic Theatre and at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium. In addition to annual performances of Holiday and Fiesta Pops, programming will highlight the music of Broadway and the silver screen and the music of  popular artists Simon and Garfunkel and Paul McCartney. Guest conductors include Steven Reineke, conductor/clarinetist Carl Topilow, Michael Krajewski and Martin Herman. A wide array of vocalists will serve as guest artists, including Broadway stars Nicole Parker and Katie Rose Clarke.   Family Series The Family Series is a four-concert series held throughout the year at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium. This season’s opening concert, the ever popular Halloween Spooktacular, will be held at Alamo Heights High School, as part of our continued efforts to partner with other organizations and expand our audiences. Designed for families, especially those with young children, the Family Series provide an important introduction to symphonic music and orchestral instruments, and include pre-concert activities like an instrument petting zoo, conducting workshops and instrument toy-making. Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto offers interactive dialogue in each hour-long program. Guest conductor Yaniv Dinur will lead the Halloween Spooktacular.   Special Events The San Antonio Symphony is pleased to welcome back superstar pianist Lang Lang to the Majestic Theatre stage, this time in a recital of Mozart sonatas and Chopin ballades. The annual Veterans Day: Salute to Service is again in collaboration with the United States Air Force Band of the West as a free, but ticketed, event at the Majestic Theatre, and we again collaborate with Ballet San Antonio to present Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday masterpiece, The Nutcracker. The Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah will be presented in three community churches, led by guest conductor and Baroque specialist Patrick Dupré Quigley. An important new component is the Discover Series, tied to the 2013 Brahms Festival programming. Discover Brahms 2nd Symphony and Discover Brahms 4th Symphony will be held on the Sunday afternoons following the Symphony’s Festival concerts and are designed to further engage and grow our audience. These hour-long concerts with video close-ups will feature an introduction by Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing of the symphony to be performed, followed by a performance of either Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 or 4. This shorter concert allows patrons to participate in festival programming at a more convenient time and through a less lengthy and more interactive program.   Baroque Series The inaugural 3-week Baroque Series is a significant expansion of the Symphony’s concert offerings. Aimed at providing an important and significant glimpse into the chamber orchestra-oriented Baroque repertoire, which is not suitable for performance by today’s standard orchestra, the Baroque Series serves to provide concerts in a historical setting and in collaboration with community partner San Fernando Cathedral. Led by new assistant conductor Akiko Fujimoto, the Baroque Series will highlight the talents of orchestra members as soloists, and since concerts will be held at San Fernando Cathedral, audience members will hear the music performed in a setting similar to those in which the music was originally presented and heard.   Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) Our Young People’s Concerts have introduced youth to live orchestral music since 1943. YPCs are designed for 3rd – 5th graders and to enhance the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum standards in a core subject area through music. The 2012-13 season will explore the rich connections between music and History & Geography through four programs, totaling 18 concerts, led by Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. A CD of concert selections and a teacher’s guide are made available in advance to prepare students for each visit. 2012-13 Young People’s Concerts will occur between October 31, 2012 and May 9, 2013.  Community Engagement (CE) Series A relatively new component of our education programming, the CE Series takes musicians into the community. Services include private and group instruction, in-classroom performances, side-by-side and/or collaboration concerts and educational workshops at local schools and nonprofit organizations. This season, our CE Series will include orchestra concerts in high schools as part of the Brahms Festival.

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The Symphony’s 28-week season consists of diverse programming from the popular Classics and Pops Series, to the Family Series, themed festivals and community concerts. New programming includes the interactive DISCOVER Series, designed to open the world of classical music to new audiences, and the Baroque Series, offering intimate performances of early music at the historic San Fernando Cathedral and broadening our reach into the community. During the 2013-2014 season, the Symphony will host the Dvořák Festival. Curated by Maestro Lang-Lessing, the festival features over 20 artistic partners offering performances, lectures, and special events throughout the community. The Festival highlights the Symphony in performances of Dvořák’s best-loved symphonies and, in collaboration with The Opera San Antonio, a performance of the concert version of Dvořák’s opera masterpiece, Rusalka. The Pops Series features 12 performances of theme-based programming. Pops favorites include the Holiday Pops, highlighting local musicians in performance of holiday favorites, and the Fiesta Pops, celebrating San Antonio’s cultural heritage in performances by guest music and dance groups from San Antonio and South Texas. The Family Series offers engaging experiences for young children, including pre-concert arts and crafts activities and an instrument petting zoo. Three seasonal concerts are offered at a low cost to families and on a convenient Sunday schedule. Community performances include the annual Messiah concerts performed at local churches and the free Veteran’s Day Salute to Service! Concert presented in collaboration with United State Air Force Band of the West. In addition, Symphony musicians perform free in-the-community concerts at nursing homes, community centers, shelters, and other neighborhood venues.

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The Symphony places a high priority on engaging young people in music-related activities that provide educational and developmental benefits. Annually, we bring over 300 programs and activities to 40,000 students through specialized concert series and in-school outreach activities. National studies show that children who participate in music-related activities not only experience academic and developmental benefits, but are more likely to become adults who are more actively involved in their community. Our goal is to cultivate in young people a life-long process of participation in music-related activities that opens their world to new possibilities. The core of the Symphony’s education program is our award-winning Young People’s Concerts (YPCs). Designed to meet Texas Education Agency’s Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements, the program serves as a catalyst to inspire young people to pursue music-related activities while meeting the educational goals of participating schools. Of the 30,000 students who attended the YPCs, approximately 25,000 come from over 100 area public schools. Of these students, 40% come from designated Title I schools with high populations of at-risk and economically disadvantaged students. As part of our outreach efforts, each year the Symphony offers over $100,000 in scholarships to schools to cover the cost of attendance and transportation to the YPCs through the Music Matters program. This year, as part of our programming of in-school performances and workshops, we are excited to bring Dvořák on Tour to over 4,000 students in seven San Antonio area high schools. This initiative rings in the season’s Dvořák Festival and brings popular works by Dvořák to students during formative years when they are most likely to develop a life-long appreciation for the arts. The Symphony offers several open rehearsals each season for middle, high school and college students. Symphony musicians regularly visit schools throughout Bexar County to perform concerts and conduct demonstrations for students. In their roles as mentors and teachers to band and orchestra members, our musicians facilitate in-school sectionals, master classes, lessons, and coachings.

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