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.
PechaKucha is making its debut at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the largest venue yet for the speaker series that has visited such locations as Confluence Park, the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, and Trinity University.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts was designed as a world-class venue for music, dance and theater.
Now it is also a space for visual arts.
This summer, the Tobin Center launched the Art Initiative. Developed by Rick Frederick, director of resident company and community engagement, the program is intended to introduce audiences to the work of San Antonio artists who are known at a national and international level.
To pop open the San Antonio Symphony’s 2017-18 classical series, Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing circled back to audience favorites, in both music and the guest artist.
Pianist Olga Kern has performed in San Antonio several times since 2001, the year she was the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal co-winner. She performed here most recently last year.
The first time I was able to witness the gnarly shredding of guitar god, Katherine Elizabeth King, better known as Kaki King, was almost 10 years ago up in Austin during a 2008 tour with indie folksters, The Mountain Goats.When I heard she was coming back to Texas, and to our own Tobin Center no less, I might have peed my pants a little out of excitement because, to put it bluntly....And not just shredding for shred-sake – King’s ability to narrate emotive journeys through her guitar while demonstrating technical finger work is refreshing, inspiring and incredibly entertain
As high as expectations can be for an Emanuel Ax performance, the pianist went far beyond them Saturday night in San Antonio. It’s hard to imagine any orchestra having a more triumphant season-opening event than the San Antonio Symphony staged with Ax as the guest artist for Ludwig van Beethoven’s mighty Concerto No. 5, “Emperor.”
OPERA San Antonio took a giant step Friday night with the first staging of its fourth season.
The company spread its wings by staging a Shakespearean opera by Giuseppe Verdi, taking a chance on “Macbeth,” one that many people haven’t seen despite its vivid theatrics. The company also presented its biggest chorus yet, 32 wonderful singers.