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Symphony Leader Out After Three Months On The Job


There’s been another shake-up at the San Antonio Symphony. Jack Downey is leaving his post as President and CEO after being in place for only three months. When Downey was named head of the San Antonio Symphony in May, the former Air Force Officer had established a track record of leading local non-profits including the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. Downey explained while as a guest the KSTX’s "The Source" that his plan was to build the San Antonio Symphony’s supporter base.

Downey became the San Antonio Symphony’s president and CEO after the sudden departure of Jack Fishman, who left in November.

In a statement the San Antonio Symphony said there were “quote” philosophical differences” and a conflict over the budget strategy with Downey.

David Green, the chief operating officer at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and a former president of the Symphony, has agreed to serve as interim president while the Symphony seeks a new CEO.

Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing recently announced the Symphony’s 2013-2014 season, which will not be affected by the leadership change.

The 72-member symphony plans to move to the Tobin Center, now under construction, in September 2014.