Music That Makes a Difference

The San Antonio Symphony is about more than just great entertainment. Our mission is to use music to make a difference in our community and the music and musicians of the Symphony are our tools.

Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing brings world-class talent, vision and creativity to the Symphony and to the San Antonio community:

  1. His talent and artistic vision have transformed the Symphony both onstage and off.
  2. Since he was named music director in 2010, subscription sales have increased more than 50% and individual donations to the Symphony have increased by more than $500,000.
  3. Through innovative projects and collaborations, especially the annual winter festival, he has helped to enhance the variety and quality of music in San Antonio beyond the Symphony.
  4. The Brahms Festival included 20 partner organizations and 28 performances over five weeks with more than 12,000 attendees.

The musicians of the San Antonio Symphony are not only incredibly talented artists, they also serve as the backbone for San Antonio’s performing arts and music education infrastructure:

  1. Symphony musicians mentor, coach and privately teach music to thousands of children and adults each year across the region.
  2. Symphony musicians are the major teachers at every university in San Antonio and have changed the lives of hundreds of young musicians who they have helped get into college and receive scholarships.
  3. Symphony musicians perform in nearly every live classical event in San Antonio and South Texas and are founders and/or key members of every professional music group in San Antonio.

The music and musicians of the San Antonio Symphony make a real and measurable difference on life in our community:

  1. Participation and exposure to music can make a significant impact on people’s lives.
  2. Participation in music fosters a number of important skills and attributes, including self-reliance, creativity, risk-taking and cooperation.
  3. Studies have shown that exposure and participation in music enhances brain development, improves grades and SAT scores, reduces drug and alcohol abuse, and increases graduation rates and college participation

Music has a significant impact on our economy:

  1. The Symphony, through its education programs and the work of its musicians, helps to develop an innovative workforce in San Antonio and  provides important entertainment and cultural amenities that help attract new workers and businesses to the community.
  2. Studies show that economically successful communities need an innovative workforce and diverse cultural amenities, such as a symphony orchestra, to attract business investment.

The Symphony and its musicians change people’s lives:

  1. Hundreds of talented high-school music students have been able to attend college and receive scholarships because of their interaction with Symphony musicians.
  2. More than 50,000 elementary, middle and high school students get their only exposure to classical music each year through Symphony performances and programs.
  3. Thousands of people’s lives are improved and enhanced each year through their attendance at artistically outstanding Symphony Classics, Pops, Family and Outreach performances.

If YOU Want to Help The Symphony Make A Difference Today, please support us at www.sasymphony.org/donations-support or call 210-554-1052

Thanks!

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Dec 13, 2017 - Dec 20, 2017 9:45am

Young People’s Concerts December 13, 19 & 20, 2017, 9:45 am & 11:10 am Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Co-Curricular Theme – ELA...

Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops

Dec 15, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm

December 15 & 16, 2017, 8:00pm December 17, 2017, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Akiko Fujimoto, conductor Children's...

Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops

Dec 16, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm

December 15 & 16, 2017, 8:00pm December 17, 2017, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Akiko Fujimoto, conductor Children's...

 Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops

Dec 17, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm

December 15 & 16, 2017, 8:00pm December 17, 2017, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Akiko Fujimoto, conductor Children's...

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Dec 22, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm

One of Tim Burton's most celebrated films, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected on the big screen with dialog and effects accompanied...

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Dec 23, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm

One of Tim Burton's most celebrated films, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected on the big screen with dialog and effects accompanied...

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Dec 23, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm

One of Tim Burton's most celebrated films, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected on the big screen with dialog and effects accompanied...

Tricentennial Celebration

Tricentennial Celebration

Jan 5, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

January 5 & 6, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Ana María Martínez,...

Tricentennial Celebration

Tricentennial Celebration

Jan 6, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

January 5 & 6, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Ana María Martínez,...

Beethoven's Eroica

Beethoven's Eroica

Jan 12, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

January 12 & 13, 2018, 8:00pm January 14, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Ellington:...

Beethoven's Eroica

Beethoven's Eroica

Jan 13, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

January 12 & 13, 2018, 8:00pm January 14, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Ellington:...

Beethoven's Eroica

Beethoven's Eroica

Jan 14, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

January 12 & 13, 2018, 8:00pm January 14, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Ellington:...

THE WATER CYCLE

THE WATER CYCLE

Jan 16, 2018 - Jan 18, 2018 9:45am

Young People’s Concerts January 16, 17 & 18, 2018, 9:45 am & 11:10 am Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Co-Curricular Theme – Science Join...

Classical Mystery Tour

Classical Mystery Tour

Jan 19, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

January 19 & 20, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Jim Owen - Rhythm guitar, piano, vocals Tony...

Classical Mystery Tour

Classical Mystery Tour

Jan 20, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

January 19 & 20, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Jim Owen - Rhythm guitar, piano, vocals Tony...

Jaws in Concert

Jaws in Concert

Jan 26, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall… The original summer movie blockbuster, with an Academy Award-winning score that made...

Jaws in Concert

Jaws in Concert

Jan 27, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall… The original summer movie blockbuster, with an Academy Award-winning score that made...

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Feb 2, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

February 2 & 3, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Akiko Fujimoto, conductor Bonnie Terry, violin Vaughan...

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Feb 3, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

February 2 & 3, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Akiko Fujimoto, conductor Bonnie Terry, violin Vaughan...

TRICENTENNIAL SAN ANTONIO

TRICENTENNIAL SAN ANTONIO

Feb 21, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018 9:45am

Young People’s Concerts Feb. 21, 27 & 28, 2018,  9:45 am & 11:10 am Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Three hundred years and counting...

Bernstein & Brahms

Bernstein & Brahms

Feb 23, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

February 23 & 24, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Philip Edward Fisher,...

Bernstein & Brahms

Bernstein & Brahms

Feb 24, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

February 23 & 24, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Philip Edward Fisher,...

La La Land in Concert

La La Land in Concert

Mar 2, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Experience the original musical film like never before with a live symphony orchestra! Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday...

La La Land in Concert

La La Land in Concert

Mar 3, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Experience the original musical film like never before with a live symphony orchestra! Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday...

Dvořák's 8th

Dvořák's 8th

Mar 9, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

March 9 & 10, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Kenneth Freudigman,...

Dvořák's 8th

Dvořák's 8th

Mar 10, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

March 9 & 10, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Kenneth Freudigman, cello  Bernstein,...

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Mar 16, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

March 16 & 17, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Harolyn Blackwell, vocalist Aisha de...

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Mar 17, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

March 16 & 17, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Harolyn Blackwell, vocalist Aisha de...

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Mar 23, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

March 23 & 24, 2018, 8:00pm March 25, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin...

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Mar 24, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

March 23 & 24, 2018, 8:00pm March 25, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin...

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Mar 25, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

March 23 & 24, 2018, 8:00pm March 25, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin...

Rachmaninoff's 3rd Symphony

Rachmaninoff's 3rd Symphony

Apr 6, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

April 6 & 7, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Jeffrey Kahane, conductor Eric Gratz, violin Barber:...

Rachmaninoff's 3rd Symphony

Rachmaninoff's 3rd Symphony

Apr 7, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

April 6 & 7, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Jeffrey Kahane, conductor Eric Gratz, violin Barber:...

Moser Performs Elgar

Moser Performs Elgar

Apr 13, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

April 13 & 14, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Johannes Moser, cello  Wagner:...

Moser Performs Elgar

Moser Performs Elgar

Apr 14, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

April 13 & 14, 2018, 8:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Johannes Moser, cello  Wagner:...

Fiesta Pops

Fiesta Pops

Apr 20, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

April 20 & 21, 2018, 8:00pm April 22, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Sebastien de la...

Fiesta Pops

Fiesta Pops

Apr 21, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

April 20 & 21, 2018, 8:00pm April 22, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Sebastien de la...

Fiesta Pops

Fiesta Pops

Apr 22, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

April 20 & 21, 2018, 8:00pm April 22, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor Sebastien de la...

Disney in Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Disney in Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

May 11, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Watch the adventures of Captain Jack and his motley crew unfold in this thrilling adventure on the big screen while a live symphony orchestra simultaneously...

Disney in Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Disney in Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

May 12, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Watch the adventures of Captain Jack and his motley crew unfold in this thrilling adventure on the big screen while a live symphony orchestra simultaneously...

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA SINGS

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA SINGS

May 23, 2018 - May 25, 2018 9:45am

Young People’s Concerts May 23, 24 & 25, 2018, 9:45 am & 11:10 am Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Presented in partnership with the...

Patriotic Pops

Patriotic Pops

May 25, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

May 25 & 26, 2018, 8:00pm May 27, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Michael Krajewski, conductor Join...

Patriotic Pops

Patriotic Pops

May 26, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

May 25 & 26, 2018, 8:00pm May 27, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Michael Krajewski, conductor Join...

Patriotic Pops

Patriotic Pops

May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

May 25 & 26, 2018, 8:00pm May 27, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Michael Krajewski, conductor Join...

Tchaikovsky, Mozart and More!

Tchaikovsky, Mozart and More!

Jun 1, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

June 1 & 2, 2018, 8:00pm June 3, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Olga...

Tchaikovsky, Mozart and More!

Tchaikovsky, Mozart and More!

Jun 2, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

June 1 & 2, 2018, 8:00pm June 3, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Olga...

Tchaikovsky, Mozart and More!

Tchaikovsky, Mozart and More!

Jun 3, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

June 1 & 2, 2018, 8:00pm June 3, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Olga...

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Jun 8, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

June 8 & 9, 2018, 8:00pm June 10, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor William Michals, vocalist  A...

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Jun 9, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

June 8 & 9, 2018, 8:00pm June 10, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor William Michals, vocalist  A...

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Jun 10, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

June 8 & 9, 2018, 8:00pm June 10, 2018, 2:00pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts TBD, conductor William Michals, vocalist  A...