San Antonio Symphony to suspend 2017-18 season after weekend concerts

Posted on: January 4, 2018

“The San Antonio Symphony’s Tricentennial concerts this weekend will be its final performances, as the board decided during a marathon Wednesday meeting to suspend operations of the orchestra at midnight Sunday and cancel the remainder of the 2017-18 season,” writes Steve Bennett in Wednesday’s (1/3) San Antonio Express-News (TX). “Alice Viroslav, board chairwoman of the 78-year-old Symphony Society of San Antonio, said … ‘The symphony just doesn’t have the resources to move forward with the season.’ … In a statement, Viroslav said this didn’t mean the symphony would be permanently silenced…. Craig Sorgi, violinist and negotiating chairman of the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony, [said], ‘It’s just incredibly disappointing for the San Antonio Symphony and for the city of San Antonio.’ The musicians’ final paychecks will come after the Friday and Saturday concerts…. Last month … a new nonprofit that was expected to take over management of the orchestra walked away from the deal. Three of the symphony’s largest financial backers — San Antonio supermarket chain H-E-B, the Tobin Endowment and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation — set up the nonprofit Symphonic Music for San Antonio. They announced plans in July to take over the symphony’s assets and operations from the Symphony Society.”

Posted January 4, 2018