German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing had been the orchestra’s Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony since 2010, taking over the title of Music Director Emeritus on the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.
Lang-Lessing was discovered to be in breach of his contract after he agreed to conduct the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (MOSAS) in a live performance on the metropolis’s First Baptist Church on Could 12, with a pair of season concert events with the orchestra itself additionally deliberate for a similar journey.
MOSAS is made up of gamers from the San Antonio Symphony, however shouldn’t be affiliated with the group itself, as a result of the orchestra’s gamers have been on strike since September 2021. The strike was a response to a cost-cutting proposal by the orchestra’s administration which might have seen 30 musicians lose their full-time wage and medical insurance. In March of 2022, the musicians staged a sit-in on the native Metropolis Council Chambers, and protest efforts proceed.
The explanation given for Lang-Lessing’s dismissal was a breach of a clause in his contract which prevents him from being affiliated with a competing music entity inside a sure distance of town.
For the reason that MOSAS live performance that Lang-Lessing was going to conduct falls on the identical evening as a deliberate San Antonio Symphony live performance, the engagement counts as a battle of curiosity — despite the fact that in apply, the official symphony live performance is unlikely to go forward on condition that the gamers are nonetheless hanging.
“I feel that is actually to be seen as a hostile motion in opposition to the musicians greater than in opposition to me,” Lang-Lessing mentioned of the dismissal. “Now you are undermining the efforts of the musicians to proceed stay music in San Antonio by doing one thing like this. It is a very unusual message to potential donors and patrons.”
“MOSAS shouldn’t be the hostile group to the San Antonio Symphony. I, as Music Director Emeritus, am not a hostile particular person to the San Antonio Symphony,” he added. “So what’s the combat about? I do not perceive it.”
“My solidarity goes to the musicians of the San Antonio Symphony.”
You may hear the San Antonio Symphony’s Principal Second Violin and Orchestra Committee Chair Mary Ellen Goree talking concerning the gamers’ strike initiative under.