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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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Musicians and management of the San Antonio Symphony took an unusual step recently to correct a budgetary shortfall. The cuts are part of the symphony's strategy for becoming financially stable. 

David Gross is the President of the San Antonio Symphony, and he says the problem isn't a new one. The deficit has been growing since 2008. Fundraising, ticket sales and grants just haven't paid the bills and Gross says he asked everyone involved to help find a solution.

Nathan Cone / TPR

When the San Antonio Symphony was deciding what would be the perfect piece of music to share with school children for an upcoming Young People's Concert, Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, with its picturesque melodies, was a natural choice.