Johnny Depp Surprises San Antonio Crowd, Joins Guitarist Jeff Beck Onstage During Tobin Center Show

09/24/2019 - 10:30pm

Fans of Jeff Beck got an unexpected jolt of star power this weekend when actor Johnny Depp showed up at The Tobin Center Sunday night to jam with the guitar god. 

As he has done at several other recent stops on the tour, Depp joined the former Yardbird for a handful of songs, including "Isolation," social media posts show. 

Instagram users posted both onstage and backstage snaps of the A-list movie star plus video from the performance. 

Tobin Center Celebrates Its 5th Year With Sunday Open House

08/23/2019 - 8:45am

Most patrons of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts are familiar with the H-E-B Performance Hall pictured above. Less familiar might be the Feik Family Rotunda or McLaughlin Family Rotunda, the fourth-floor Gorman Mezzanine Lobby, or even the elite Denman Founders Lounge.

Those curious to learn more about Bexar County’s multimillion-dollar grand performance center are invited to a free Fifth Anniversary Open House event on Sunday, from 2-6 p.m., with access to many rarely seen parts of the building, swag items, and special discounts on upcoming performances.

Ever Ours Season Program Gives Glimpses of Lesser-Known Beethoven

08/22/2019 - 12:45pm

The upcoming 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s 1770 birth gave the Classical Music Institute (CMI) impetus to celebrate the composer’s lesser-known works for its 2019-2020 season.

“The late quartets are still considered some of the most innovative pieces of music ever written,” said Paul Montalvo, CMI artistic director.

While Beethoven’s symphonies are among the most-performed works in the classical canon, his string quartets, quintets, and other chamber music pieces are better known among chamber music aficionados, Montalvo said.


07/18/2019 - 4:30pm

Upon entering the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, it was evident that there was a lot of excitement and anticipation for THE LIGHTNING THIEF THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL. It was also evident that the majority of attendees were young middle school aged girls who had apparently read all the books and couldn't wait to see what the musical had in store. It seemed that if a show was going to attract this audience, it may not be the best show. But, keeping an open mind helps. So, the expectations weren't too high as seats were taken and the lights dimmed.

Esteemed Opera Faust Comes to Life at the Tobin for Special Performances

05/07/2019 - 11:15am

Whether it’s in the form of a country song (“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”), an animated sitcom (Futurama’s “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings”), or a classic horror flick (Rosemary’s Baby), a deal with the devil remains a popular motif in modern media. While the religious roots of the archetype reach deep into the annals of history, modern retellings owe a major debt to the ultimate demonic deal: the sale of Dr. Faust’s soul to Mephistopheles in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s philosophical masterwork, Faust.

Tobin Center expanding entertainment business beyond SA

04/10/2019 - 4:00pm

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, home to seven resident companies that fill more than 80 percent of the downtown venue's dates, has created a subsidiary called Tobin Entertainment to address such limited availability.

With resident companies taking up about 285 dates annually in the center, Tobin Entertainment will have the flexibility to book and promote additional — and sometimes more lucrative — events in other venues in San Antonio and across the nation, enabling it to generate more revenue for the organization.

Tobin Center Announces 2019-2020 Season

04/10/2019 - 3:00pm

The Tobin Center’s H-E-B Performance Hall was arranged in similar cabaret-style for the season announcement, offering a glimpse of elegant satin-draped tables where the regular row seating is normally positioned. Fresher said tickets for the fundraising gala are already going fast.

Music, theatrical, and speaking events will be scheduled through the 2019-2020 season in addition to performances by the seven Tobin Center resident companies.

Gladys Knight to Headline Tobin Center Gala

04/10/2019 - 2:45pm

Gladys Knight is headed to San Antonio for a performance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ 2019 gala concert on Thursday, October 24. She joins the ranks of Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton and Steven Tyler, all of whom have previously headlined the venue's annual gala. 

Cavanaugh’s Billy Joel concert rocks The Tobin Center

03/15/2019 - 11:00pm

The San Antonio Symphony’s Pops season revisited the deep well of New York music Friday night with a tour of Billy Joel’s hit songs and ballads stretching over several decades.

Vocalist and pianist Michael Cavanaugh’s program touching on the various styles of Joel’s music came off during Friday night’s concert much as the Pops program in January when vocalist Tony DeSare invoked New York City through Frank Sinatra hits that represented an earlier generation.

Travel watch: Sacramento to San Antonio, and back again

01/07/2019 - 7:00am

No travel bucket list would be complete without San Antonio, Texas. From the iconic history of The Alamo, to amusement parks, SeaWorld, the San Antonio Acquarium and Zoo, the city has plenty of attractions for the whole family. The downtown area's River Walk is full of shops, bars, and restaurants, with plenty of nearby theaters, Texas's first modern art museum, and numerous universities.

300 Reasons to Love San Antonio: #16 – The Tobin Center

12/08/2018 - 10:15am

A world-class city like ours deserves a world-class performing arts venue – and we certainly have that and more with our beautiful Tobin Center. Located along the banks of the River Walk, the Tobin Center features the historic Municipal Auditorium, with its original 1926 facade preserved, coupled with modern architecture and advanced technology to create one of the most flexible multi-purpose performance halls in the United States.

Therefore, in honor of our city’s 300th anniversary, I’m ranking the Tobin Center #16 on my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list.

Fans can ‘Say Anything’ to John Cusack at San Antonio screening

06/08/2018 - 9:30am

Actor John Cusack was hanging out backstage during a recent screening of his 1989 movie “Say Anything,” and he could hear how much the crowd was enjoying it.

“All of the sudden, it sounded like ‘Rocky Horror,’” he said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know if it’ll happen at every screening. I don’t know if it was one city - maybe it was one very, very rabid group of fans came out for that one screening — I have no idea. But it was pretty fun to see.”