Requiem for the San Antonio Symphony

Anyone in San Antonio whose life has been enriched by the live performance of classical music is aware of the great contradiction that has defined the San Antonio Symphony for decades now: An overachieving orchestra often described as a world-class and a nonprofit enterprise perpetually plagued by inadequate funding and budget deficits.

Overspending and mismanagement have been part of the story, too, with intermittent financial crises requiring salary reductions for woefully underpaid professional musicians, shortening of concert seasons, and even shutdowns, bankruptcies and strikes.

Longtime symphony-goers here and across the music world continue to absorb Thursday’s announcement by the Symphony Society of San Antonio board of directors that it had reached an unanimous decision to dissolve the orchestra and file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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