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San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony

Background- The San Antonio Symphony is one of the most popular full-time professional orchestra that is based in San Antonio, Texas. The orchestra performs shows right from the late September to early June. The present Music Director of the orchestra is Larry Rachleff. In its concert schedule, you will find that the San Antonio Symphony has got wide variety of music. In the coming year, it included 12 different classical subscription programs (each performed twice), nine Pops programs (also performed twice each), four different programs in a Young People's Concerts series, four programs in an Interactive Family Classics series, four "Special Attractions" concerts, and two Community Concerts. Many of these performances will be done by famous guest artists.

The present artistic staff of the San Antonio Symphony consists of Music Director Larry Rachleff, Resident Conductor David In-Jae Cho, Mastersingers Conductor John Silantien, and 72 full-time musicians. The title of Music Director Emeritus is hold by Christopher Wilkins. All these orchestra musicians belongs to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM). Not only this, all of these musicians are individually the members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). One of the most frequent chorus who performs with the symphony is the San Antonio Symphony Master singers. Eventually, the members of Mastersingers participate on a volunteer basis, but still they are considered to be the best.

The primary performance venue of San Antonio Symphony is the Majestic Theatre in downtown San Antonio.
The operation of San Antonio Symphony is managed by Symphony Society of San Antonio under the chairmanship of Kenneth Oleson under the leadership of President & CEO David Green (as of 2006). The organization is also the member of the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL).


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San Antonio Symphony: Star Trek Into Darkness Oct 17, 2014
Fri 8:00PM
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio Symphony: Star Trek Into Darkness Oct 18, 2014
Sat 8:00PM
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Apr 2, 2015
Thu 7:30PM
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio Symphony: Bugs Bunny at The Symphony Apr 3, 2015
Fri 8:00PM
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio Symphony: Bugs Bunny at The Symphony Apr 4, 2015
Sat 8:00PM
Majestic Theatre - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio Symphony

Artist Biography - San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony was formed in the year 1939 by Max Reiter, and he became its first Music Director. During its first season, the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz was its guest artist. By the year 1943, the orchestra had already employed 75 professional musicians, and in the year 1944–1945 the organization's budget topped $100,000. During that time it became one of the 19 "major" orchestras in the country and the only one in Texas. In the year 1950, Reiter also started an Opera Festival, for which he created an Opera Chorus. This chorus eventually brought the attention of the people, to the orchestra from all over the nation attention. The world premieres was attended by many famous composers, guest appearances by world-class artists, and also high musical quality.

After the death of Reiter, Victor Alessandro became the next Music Director. The Symphony then added Young People's Concerts, thus growing. In 1969 the orchestra started performing in the Theater for the Performing Arts. In the year 1970 the orchestra made its first major recording, for Mercury Records.

In the year 1988, the musicians presented a concert series with their own organization, Orchestra San Antonio. The year 1990, was an eventful year for the San Antonio Symphony as it received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Knight Foundation.

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