San Antonio Symphony terminates contract with music director

The San Antonio Symphony terminated its contract with Music Director Emeritus Sebastian Lang-Lessing on Friday, April 15. Here’s what you need to know.

Lang-Lessing, billed as an internationally acclaimed conductor, was fired after 12 years as the face of the symphony. He led the group into its new era of performing at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, reports the Express-News.

The move comes as the musicians are still on strike after losing their health insurance and other benefits. The Express-News reports that Lang-Lessing was the group’s biggest supporter. He was to lead a pair of concerts on May 12 and 13 with the striking musicians at First Baptist Church.

SAS executive director Corey Cowart says Lang-Lessing’s decision to conduct the concerts violated a “radius clause” in his contract. The San Antonio Symphony has canceled 10 of its concerts and postponed five.

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