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Symphony Looking for Somebody to Call the Tune

Symphony Looking for Somebody to Call the Tune

  After just two months on the job, San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Downey has left the organization, leading to more management dysfunction at the chronically troubled Symphony, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

 Downey, a highly respected non profit organization CEO and retired Air Force officer, left amid 'philosophical differences' with the Symphony board, according to a statement from the Symphony.

 

  "We were unable to reach agreement on a budget strategy," Symphony Board Chairman Dennert Ware said.  "We have worked hard to build momentum in this community and we can't afford now to lose that momentum as we prepare next year to move into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts."

 

  The San Antonio Symphony, which has been in and out of bankruptcy and has had a history of management and labor squabbles over the past two decades, says J. Bruce Bugg, the Texas Economic Development Director and head of the board of the Tobin Foundation, has agreed to 'lend the Symphony some executive talent while we regroup.'

 

  The musicians say the confusion at the top will not affect plans to open the 2013-2014 under respected Musical Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing as scheduled in October.  The symphony has 28 classics concerts, 12 pops concerts, and a special concert marking the 75th anniversary of the Symphony's founding on its calendar.

 

  The Symphony plans to move from the Majestic Theater to its new home at the Tobin Center in the fall of 2014.

 

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