In reversal, San Antonio Symphony to continue 2017-18 season; new board chair named

Posted on: January 8, 2018

“The Symphony Society of San Antonio on Friday afternoon voted to continue an abbreviated season, abruptly reversing an earlier decision to suspend the rest of this year’s concerts,” writes David Hendricks in Friday’s (1/5) San Antonio Express News (TX). “The announcement came from new board Chairwoman Kathleen Weir Vale, who took over the symphony’s board of directors Friday after the previous chairwoman, Alice Viroslav, resigned Thursday…. Vale, who is also CEO of Hope Medical Supply, said new funding has been secured to resurrect at least part of the remaining season. She declined to identify the sources of new funding. During a [Friday] pre-concert lecture, symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing told about 100 people in an impassioned speech that the symphony would play next week’s concert featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica.’ But he didn’t provide any details…. Vale said it is not yet determined how many of the concerts will be staged. The season after this weekend includes eight classical concerts and five Pops concerts scheduled through June. Two of the eight classical concerts are slated as Tricentennial concerts…. Vale is a longtime Symphony Society board member and had been vice chairwoman before assuming the leadership role Friday.”

Posted January 8, 2018

Pictured: Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts a San Antonio Symphony rehearsal