Sebastian Lang-Lessing

The management of the San Antonio Symphony has terminated their relationship with Music Director Emeritus, the German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing, 56.In a statement, board officers made the decision based on stipulations in his contract that they say he violated: “Artists shall neither make nor announce any appearances in San Antonio, Texas within 60 days prior to or following the performance dates of the concerts.”

Now, the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony have been on strike since September 2021 over a substantial lost in pay and benefits, but they have played a number of concerts on their own. Lang-Lessing has agreed to direct two concerts at a church on May 12th and 13th, which the management sees as a breach of contract.

Lang-Lessing began a ten-year tenure as Music Director 2010, and left in 2020, becoming Music Director Emeritus.

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