The Problem Is The Donors

In many ways, the San Antonio Symphony has long been considered a model of what a small, regional orchestra should be. So what could be preventing the orchestra’s leaders from reviving their gasping organization? Mike Greenberg says the problem is simple: San Antonio’s big-money types are flatly refusing the symphony’s advances, and ignoring its pleas for relief. “The doors have slammed so consistently that some observers inside and outside the symphony have suspected a coordinated effort by donors to force the symphony to reconstitute itself as a smaller or part-time ensemble.”