Music Director

Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Among the most versatile and seasoned musicians of his generation, German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing is a sought-after guest at the most prestigious symphony halls and opera houses worldwide. Currently in his seventh season as Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Lang-Lessing’s previous posts have included Resident Conductor at the Hamburg State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Opera National de Lorraine, the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lang-Lessing’s 2016–17 season sees his return to the Seattle Opera for performances of Hänsel und Gretel in October, followed by his debut with the Royal Danish Opera for Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. He opens the San Antonio Symphony season in September with Orff’s Carmina Burana, and returns to San Antonio throughout the season for performances with notable guest soloists including Garrick Ohlsson and Stewart Copeland. He returns to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria for concerts in May.

Recent symphonic engagements include the Calgary Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Grand Teton Music Festival. International engagements include the Dortmund Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, Bilkent Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and a tour to the Royal Opera House Muscat with the Teatro San Carlo. Previous notable engagements have included the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Toulouse, Orchestre de Bordeaux, and Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon.

Equally at home in the opera theater, Mr. Lang-Lessing’s recent appearances have included Der Rosenkavalier with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Salome with the San Antonio Opera, Die Tote Stadt with the Dallas Opera, the International Wagner Competition with the Seattle Opera, and a critically acclaimed Rienzi with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Mr. Lang-Lessing returned to the San Antonio Opera in a production of Madam Butterfly last fall, and the Seattle Opera for Der fliegende Holländer last spring. Other notable operatic engagements have included the Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Bordeaux Opera, and Hamburg State Opera. Mr. Lang-Lessing enjoys a close relationship with the Cape Town Opera, leading the company both in their home in South Africa and on tour.

In 2013, Mr. Lang-Lessing led the Philharmonia Orchestra for Renée Fleming’s new album “Guilty Pleasures,” released on Decca. Other notable recordings have included the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn and Schumann with the Tasmanian Symphony, and the works of Joseph-Guy Ropartz with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing holds the Tobin Endowment Music Director Chair.

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Jim Owen - Rhythm guitar, piano,...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Jim Owen - Rhythm guitar, piano,...

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 San...

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 San...

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 Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Kenneth Freudigman,...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Harolyn Blackwell, vocalist Aisha...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Harolyn Blackwell, vocalist Aisha...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Sebastien...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Sebastien...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Christine Noll,...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Christine Noll,...

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 Noam Aviel, conductor Christine Noll,...