The San Antonio Symphony, a professional orchestra based in San Antonio, Texas, used to offer a diverse range of music from late September to early June. Their artistic staff, led by Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing from 2010 to 2020, included 72 full-time musicians who belonged to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians and the American Federation of Musicians.
Noteworthy aspects of the symphony included:
- Its resident status at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
- Its hosting of various programs including classical subscription programs, Pops programs, and a Young People's Concerts series.
- Its regular collaborations with guest artists for orchestral concerts and master classes.
In August 2022, the orchestra was reformed by its musicians as the San Antonio Philharmonic, a name initially used in 1914. They announced a ten-concert classical-music series for the 2022–23 season at the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, just 100 yards from Tobin Center.
The Symphony's legacy dates back to 1939, with significant contributions to music in San Antonio marked by performances of world premieres, grand choral collaborations, and showcasing music from Latin America and around the world. Esteemed artists like Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, and Renée Fleming have graced its stage.
Looking ahead, the Philharmonic aims to reinvent what a 21st-century orchestra can be, envisioning a future where all residents of San Antonio have access to high-quality orchestral performances and educational opportunities that reflect the city's rich history, diversity, and culture. The musicians are committed to maintaining professional concert quality while actively engaging the community and partnering with artistic and educational institutions. Their emphasis is on student performances, embracing the belief that music has the power to open minds and spirits for life.