As Symphony Struggles, New Volunteer Orchestra Sets Debut Concert

As the San Antonio Symphony struggles to keep its 2017-2018 season on track, an 'alternative' orchestra will make its debut performance next month, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The South Texas Symphonic Orchestra is made up of volunteer musicians, all of whom  are classically trained and performed with symphonies in college or in previous jobs.  They have moved on to other careers, but still love symphony music and perform 'for the love of the music.'

The South Texas Symphonic Orchestra will perform at the grand auditorium of Jefferson High School on Sunday, February 18th.

The Orchestra plans an afternoon of the celebrated American composer Aaron Copeland, including 'Fanfare for the Common Man,' exerts from "Appalachian Spring" and the classic 'Hoe Down' from Copeland's 1942 opera 'Rodeo.'

The conductor of the South Texas Symphonic Orchestra is two time Grammy Signature Award winner for excellence in music education Ronnie Sanders, who has conducted the New England Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.T

he San Antonio Symphony is attempting to straighten out its current season, following a brief attempt last week to cancel the season.  County Judge Nelson Wolff and Mayor Ron Nirenberg both expressed their support for the Symphony at performances over the weekend, and even Spur Pau Gasol urged the Symphony to reach out to 'younger generations' to expand its base of support.

As for now, the Symphony plans to perform the entire season at the Tobin Center, but its financial challenges, and its contract with its musicians, remain unresolved.

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