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.
Mr. David Gross
Chief Financial Officer
P.O. Box 658
SAN ANTONIO , TX 78293 USA
Performing arts, Symphony, Music Education, San Antonio, Bexar County
Performing Arts (A60)
Symphony Orchestras (A69)
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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.
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.
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.
The 6-week POPS Series will be held at both the Majestic
Theatre and at Trinity
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.
The Family Series is a four-concert series held throughout
the year at Trinity
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013-2014 Season Programming
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.
2013-2014 Education and Outreach Programs
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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Board of Directors
as of 6/6/2016
Mr. Charles D Kinder
Alamo Music Company
Valero Energy Corporation
Alfredo La Rosa
Intercontinental Wealth Advisors, LLC
Pediatric Medicine, P.A.
San Antonio Woman
Mary Jane Verette
San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Symphony
Capital Group Companies
Carol Lee Klose
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