San Antonio Symphony

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5:15 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Tobin Center Reaches New Heights With Final Steel Beam

Construction workers involved with the Tobin Center secure a 5-ton steel beam to crane to be lifted. The resting Live Oak tree will be planted on the center's grounds.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A five-ton 48-foot purple steel beam spotted with signatures and adorned with the Texas and U.S. flags now sits on top of the Tobin Center. Bruce Bugg, chair of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation said the topping of the structure is the end of one phase of the reconstruction.

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San Antonio Performing Arts
7:12 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Fishman Steps Down: San Antonio Symphony Changes Leadership

The San Antonio Symphony rehearses for the opening of the 2012 season.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Fishman has resigned from his leadership post at the orchestra. Fishman took the reins of the symphony in 2008.

However, after four years of guiding the organization, his resignation was offered Tuesday and was effective immediately.

Fishman told the San Antonio Express-News the resignation was a personal decision and “It's time to move on to another direction.”

The symphony board has appointed David Filner as interim president and CEO, and the board is starting a national search to find a permanent replacement.

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Classical Spotlight
2:05 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Akiko Fujimoto Leads The Nutcracker: Russian Ballet And Italian Baroque On Tap For Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.

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Classical Spotlight
2:06 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Polish Pianist Ewa Kupiec Returns To Symphony For Impressionistic Masterpiece

Ewa Kupiec
Laion

Ewa Kupiec plays Ravel's masterful Piano Concerto in G

Ewa has previously played Beethoven in San Antonio, and performed with maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing several times, including the work they'll play this weekend.

"I trust him [Lang-Lessing], which is essential these days, when you're breathing together, and making music together, without tension, you know what is coming next, and you enjoy each other!"

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Classical Spotlight
12:23 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Inspirational Gardens: Pianist Martina Filjak Solos With San Antonio Symphony

Pianist Martina Filjak
Romano Grozich

"It's harder than it looks. You practice it, and it seems pretty straight forward. But when you add the orchestra, with the scoring and rhythms, it is not as easy as it seems, in fact it is really hard!" said Martina Filjak discussing Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla.

Martina has played the piece for ten years now, and recently visited the gardens that inspired the work in Sierra de Cordoba.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:40 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Indianapolis Symphony Returns, Seattle May Strike And Philly Reboots

After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
Thomas J. Russo Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am

  • Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
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Classical Spotlight
12:22 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Berlioz and beyond: Sebastian Lang-Lessing returns to the podium

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

After a busy summer that included concerts in Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, and a recording with Renee Fleming, Sebastian Lang-Lessing leads his first concert of the season.

"It's the most exciting concert!" said Lang-Lessing. "Of course, I'm going to say that about every concert."

The varied program includes violinist Baiba Skride in Robert Schumann's Concerto in d minor.

"Baiba and I were to have performed several times, and it has just never worked out, so I am very excited to have her solo in San Antonio, in one of the most dramatic works."

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Classical Spotlight
10:05 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Lang Lang Returns to San Antonio

Lang Lang, used by permission of The New Yorker
The New Yorker

Coming up next week, a solo piano recital by Lang Lang, Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. As he did in his last appearance in San Antonio, the image of his hands will be projected over the piano during the concert, so you’ll see his technique from every seat in the historic Majestic.

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Symphony Contract
5:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

San Antonio Symphony and Musicians Reach Contract Agreement

Guest conductor Roman Teber leads the symphony in its first rehearsal of the 2012-2013 Season. The first show of the season is this Friday, Oct. 5.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Symphony was one of many across the country to be in contract negotiations and is now one of the few to finally come to an agreement. Symphony Board Chair Dennert Ware said the collective bargaining agreement will extend the length of the performance season.
 
"We're slowly increasing the weeks from 27 to 29; we think that's a positive step," Ware said. "We made some very modest increases in salary."

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