San Antonio Symphony | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Symphony

Eric Green

San Antonio Symphony regulars will notice a missing person in upcoming concerts, a fixture in the organization for the past five years.

"I am excited. I am also sad to leave San Antonio," says Akiko Fujimoto. 

When Akiko Fujimoto moved here from Virginia to become the symphony's associate conductor, she didn't know the city would claim such a place in her heart.

Jack Morgan

It’s been a year since the San Antonio Symphony took some dramatic steps to make the organization financially stable. So how is the symphony doing now? 

In March 2016, the symphony announced it would balance its budget by reducing the number of performances.  Musicians agreed to a three week furlough -- time off without pay.  San Antonio Symphony CEO David Gross didn't like having to make that move. 

"Having been a musician I understand the sacrifice. Sebastian and myself took similar reductions in our pay," Gross says.

The Olmos Ensemble, a staple in the San Antonio chamber music scene, has reached the next stage of its development with the release of their first album, Olmos Live.

Gil Shaham Adds To The Glitter Of Symphony Gala

Mar 14, 2017

The San Antonio Symphony graced the stage in gowns and tails for a gala concert on March 4th, 2017, under the baton of Akiko Fujimoto. The evening featured guest-soloist Gil Shaham in a performance of Johannes Brahms’s Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77, preceded with works by Dvořák and Beethoven.

Jack Morgan

At the renovated Olmos Pharmacy waitresses serve up burgers and shakes while the crowd settles in for an eclectic mix of live music and a chance for members of the public to play with local pros.

Libby Day

Some say the holidays aren't complete without seeing a production of Messiah. This year, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's (YOSA) Troy Peters guest conducts the San Antonio Symphony's Messiah production. He says the tradition is warranted.

Stewart Copeland drummed for the wildly popular '80s and '90s group The Police. Now he's back in San Antonio on a decidedly different beat.  He's written a concerto called The Tyrant's Crush, and he says writing a score for an orchestra is tougher than making rock-n-roll.

San Antonio Mastersingers

San Antonio performing arts organizations are beginning their fall seasons. I spoke with the Symphony's Sebastian Lang-Lessing who said the San Antonio Symphony is starting out the season with a bang.

"The season starts with a very big bang with Carmina Burana by Carl Orff," he says.

Leo Flesher

The San Antonio Symphony launches a new initiative to reach young musicians.  It's called the High School Residency Program, and it takes musicians from the symphony and has them mentor students from two local high schools.

Courtesy photo

Sometimes even a beautiful new concert hall isn’t enough to bring ‘em in. What can you do? For some members of the San Antonio Symphony, the answer is to take the show to the people.

“The Tobin is of course an amazing venue, but there’s a lot of space between us and [the audience], and also maybe a little bit of intimidation that such a nice concert hall puts on the listener,” explains symphony cellist Ryan Murphy. “We can’t even see individual faces a lot of the time.”

Pages