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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.”

Eric Green

The San Antonio Symphony's Classic Series continues this weekend.  Akiko Fujimoto associate conducts the symphony, and is looking forward to this weekend's performance.

"I will be conducting the upcoming Classics program. It's an all-French program with music from Delius, Bizet, Saint-Saens and Franck."

Jack Morgan

No instruments were in sight, but the San Antonio Symphony trumpeted its major announcement at the Tobin Center this morning with the help of San Antonio Symphony board and Tobin Endowment chairman Bruce Bugg.

"It is a new paradigm for the San Antonio Symphony," he said. "There have been a series of operating deficits over time. They have a fiscal operating deficit this year of $600,000."

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The San Antonio Symphony has raised enough money to meet expenses for the rest of this fiscal year which ends August 31, according to symphony board Chairman Bruce Bugg.

The symphony announced earlier this year that it’s running a $1.2 million deficit that has grown larger with each season.  Symphony President David Gross and musicians agreed to reduce the deficit by requiring the musicians and some executive staff to take furloughs that would reduce their salaries by about 10 percent. For now the furloughs remain in place.

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Fiesta is transforming the city right now, and it's even transforming what the San Antonio Symphony is up to.   That's because the San Antonio Symphony has a decidedly different sound every spring.

"Fiesta Pops is our annual event during Fiesta."

Akiko Fujimoto will be conducting the Symphony, and she says this performance will feature several sing-alongs.

"The whole point is that we want to involve the audience," she says. 

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