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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.”

Five Top Picks for San Antonio Group Outings

05/10/2018 - 1:00pm

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is one of the cultural centers of San Antonio. Hosting dozens of performances, concerts, and film screenings throughout every month, the Tobin Center consistently provides artistic entertainment for residents and visitors of San Antonio.

Tobin Center’s 2018-19 Season to Include Edgy Comedy, Broadway Favorites, NatGeo Lectures

05/02/2018 - 10:30am

Whether it’s family-friendly song and dance or racy social satire San Antonio’s theatergoers crave, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018-19 season aims to satisfy a wide range of tastes.

“In keeping with our goal of providing something for everyone, we challenge ourselves to seek out and provide a very eclectic mix of offerings every year,” Aaron Zimmerman, the Tobin’s vice president of programming and marketing, told an audience of season subscribers, board members, and community partners Monday. “This year is definitely a winner.”

Ballet San Antonio will kick off 2018-’19 season with ‘Beauty and the Beast’

03/19/2018 - 11:30am

Ballet San Antonio is heading into a very busy 2018-’19 season. In addition to developing and performing two world premieres choreographed by artistic director Willy Shives, the company is collaborating with The Public Theater of San Antonio on “Newsies,” the dance-heavy, big-buzz musical adapted from the 1992 Disney movie. Ballet San Antonio’s subscription season at its homebase, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, holds two story ballets: “Beauty and the Beast,” running Oct. 19-21; and “Carmen,” running Feb. 15-17. Shives is choregraphing both.

Review: Perlman dazzles with challenging, entertaining recital

02/09/2018 - 4:15pm

Violinist Itzhak Perlman on Thursday gave a recital in San Antonio that left no doubt why he is the statesman of his instrument.

At 72, Perlman is not slowing down but pressing ahead in his career. Thursday’s program presented some of the deepest, most difficult and complex pieces in the violin-piano repertory, chosen by Perlman just to see how well he could do them.

Review: Soprano star Renée Fleming enchants

11/03/2017 - 3:00pm

If a singer wants to display skill in a recital by presenting a wide range of musical styles, then soprano star Renée Fleming was a champion Wednesday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Fleming’s program went from serious art songs to contemporary music to favorite opera arias and finally to Broadway hits, all in her knock-out voice that never ceases to surprise. Her singing was enhanced by her glamorous stage presence, which was elevate by her  high-fashion blue gown, which the Tobin Center reflected with its ribbon lights circling the Hall. 

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