Discussion of a proposed $300,000 in funding for the Classical Music Institute struck notes of discord at Bexar County Commissioners Court Tuesday. With the funding, the Classical Music Institute (CMI) would replace the former San Antonio Symphony as orchestra for Opera San Antonio and Ballet San Antonio performances at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Before the court voted 4-1 in favor of the proposal, with Commissioner Tommy Calvert (Pct. 4) voting against, a contentious discussion pitted CMI against the fledgling San Antonio Philharmonic, the new city orchestra that arose from the membership of the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony.

Paul Montalvo, CMI founder and artistic director, said he initiated the funding proposal in late June, to fill the gap left by the June 16 dissolution of the symphony, to ensure that fellow Tobin Center resident companies Opera San Antonio and Ballet San Antonio would have live music for performances.