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San Antonio students learn from their idols in master classes

02/16/2017 - 2:00pm

For much of his young life, Dan Schumacher has looked up to classical guitarist David Russell.  So the 21-year-old jumped at the chance to take part in a master class with the Scotsman earlier this month.   The master classes — broken into two two-hour sessions — were part of Russell’s visit for a sold-out performance presented by Arts San Antonio. The organization is one of several San Antonio arts groups — including the Carver Community Cultural Center and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts — that regularly offer master classes as part of their programming.

Mozart’s brilliance rises in concert

02/13/2017 - 2:45pm

The concert started with a “little night music” but expanded into a grand amount of genius. The San Antonio Symphony concluded its part of the Mozart Festival on Friday night with two, really three, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s late, brilliant masterpieces. The concert’s first half finished with the first of three extraordinary symphonies, No. 39, that Mozart composed in the summer of 1788. The orchestra revved up nicely for the brisk, contrapuntal finale. All of above, though, seemed to wash away when the orchestra jumped into Symphony No.

Ballet SA to Awaken the Tobin with The Sleeping Beauty

02/07/2017 - 1:15pm

When people hear Sleeping Beauty, they think of the classic 1959 Walt Disney movie. But what many don’t know is that French author Charles Perrault originally wrote the story in 1697, and that the Brothers Grimm later popularized it. The subject of countless films, musical interpretations, plays, and artwork, this classic fairy tale and love story provides the ideal framework for a full-length classical ballet. Originally choreographed by the legendary Marius Petipa to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the ballet’s premiere took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Jan.

Pianist Denk sparkles with Mozart concertos

02/06/2017 - 10:45am

During the years Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in Salzburg, Austria, he made his living largely by composing piano concertos and then selling tickets to the concerts with himself at the keyboard. The San Antonio Symphony lovingly made that time as visible as possible Friday night with widely recorded New York pianist Jeremy Denk standing in for Mozart. The orchestra and Denk performed not one, but two popular Mozart concertos, Nos. 19 and 23.

Ballet San Antonio awakens the dream of ‘Sleeping Beauty’

01/30/2017 - 11:00am

Walking into Ballet San Antonio’s (BSA) company studio, you cannot help but notice the precision in a dancer’s footwork as preparations are underway for a memorable performance. Next month, BSA presents the spectacular full-length classical ballet, “Sleeping Beauty,” taking place Feb. 17 – 19 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic director Willy Shives masterfully choreographs the dramatic dialogue in every step.   “The new choreography has many great feet in itself.

Renowned conductor leads San Antonio Symphony

01/30/2017 - 10:30am

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 261st birthday happily fell on the San Antonio Symphony’s Mozart Festival concert Friday night. The orchestra didn’t play “Happy Birthday,” but it did something better by starting the concert for an audience of nearly 1,250 people at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts with the composer’s celebratory Posthorn Symphony. Guest conducting was Gerard Schwarz, a director widely recorded with some of classical music’s top stars and ensembles.

S.A. arts groups find new audiences in those with special needs

01/27/2017 - 1:15pm

On a rainy Monday morning in September, more than 200 people turned up at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to watch a special performance by Parsons Dance. The first indication that the show, which was designed specifically for those with sensitivity to light and sound, wasn’t a standard-issue offering might have been the program. Rather than the expected dancer biographies and descriptions of each piece of choreography, it offered a “social narrative,” a guide to everything the audience could expect to encounter.

Symphony, Emerson and opera highlighted 2016

12/23/2016 - 11:45am

A Gustav Mahler classic, a visiting string quartet, Carl Orff’s towering masterpiece and a popular opera combined to highlight the classical music year in San Antonio. In common, they all were staged at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, accentuated by outstanding acoustics. Symphonic music Mahler: The San Antonio Symphony has a knack for concluding seasons with soaring, transcendental music.

Orchestra, Martin, chorus combine for holiday gems

12/19/2016 - 10:45am

It snowed Friday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts — at least soap-bubble flakes were flying off the roof. But the annual popular San Antonio Symphony Holiday Pops concert inside covered far more ground for the near-capacity audience of about 1,500 people. Global mezzo-soprano star Catherine Martin, the Mastersingers, a wide-ranging program and Santa Claus combined for a “Wonderful Life” evening of music for the audience, which also joined in the music-making with a sing-along of carols.

Story Time With Dolly Parton at the Tobin Center

12/11/2016 - 4:30pm

As a queer person just now really starting to listen to and enjoy country music, Dolly Parton’s openness had shined bright to me since then, like the sea of glowing rhinestones stitched across her fabulous outfits. It's an openness you can hear in her stories. At the Tobin Center Thursday night, after I was guided through a crowd of cowboy hats, denim jeans and fur coats, the lights dimmed, the music started, and Dolly took us all for a ride down an old dusty road through the smokey mountains of Tennessee.

‘Pure” Dolly Parton on display at Tobin Center concert

12/11/2016 - 4:30pm

Hello, Dolly!

Country music icon Dolly Parton made a grand entrance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday to the refrain of Louis Armstrong’s signature hit and delivered a show that out-dazzled her glitzy dresses, rhinestone guitars, high heels and big hair.

YOSA's Troy Peters Honored as a 2016 Professional of the Year by Musical America

12/11/2016 - 4:15pm

For those of us who make it our business to know what's good in San Antonio music, Troy Peters—composer, music advocate, and director of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA)—has been a beacon of inspiration for years now. It seems we aren't the only ones to note Peters' consistent arete and efficacy in his work, however, as Musical America Worldwide just named him among its Top 30 Musical Professionals of the Year, a distinction awarded to individuals who "have generated new ideas, launched or notably advanced a business, programmed a new series, or all of the above.” Above all, those who

$17 Million Parking Garage is ‘Missing Link’ For Tobin Center

12/07/2016 - 3:45pm

Officials broke ground on a new $17 million parking garage on the corner of 4th and Taylor streets on Monday, which will bring 521 spaces to the triangular lot less than one block away from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The project was praised by City, County, and Tobin leaders as “mission critical” as events and nearby amenities steadily increase around the downtown performing arts venue. “When we did the initial studies for what became the Tobin Center, the number one concern people had was, ‘Where am I going to park?'” said J.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Recognized by the Urban Land Institute

12/05/2016 - 12:15pm

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, has been recognized with a 2016 Global Award of Excellence as one of the top civic design projects in the world by the Urban Land Institute. Designed by LMN Architects in partnership with executive architects Marmon Mok Architecture, the $150 million expansion and renovation project embraces the multi-faceted cultural identity of the city with a distinctive tapestry of form, materiality, light, and landscape.

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