Review: Opera company reaches new heights with ‘Macbeth’

09/11/2017 - 10:15am

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.

OPERA San Antonio Presents Macbeth

09/07/2017 - 5:30pm

You may already know that San Antonio is home to a world-class opera company, OPERA San Antonio, now in its fourth season as a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. But do you know what it takes to produce a grand opera like Verdi’s Macbeth on the stage of the H-E-B Performance Hall? A village of singers, musicians, designers, and skilled workers, plus truckloads of sets, and costumes, assemble in San Antonio to make it happen.

New Garage Could Ease Parking Woes Near Tobin Center

08/29/2017 - 2:15pm

A new parking garage will open this week in downtown San Antonio and it could make a big difference for local art lovers because of its location. "It's about a quarter of a block from our front door," says Tobin Center for the Performing Arts CEO Mike Fresher. He says that while the V-shaped garage is not enormous, those spaces so near the Tobin should cure the parking problems experienced the three years since they opened. "We have 521 parking spaces on six floors," Fresher says.

Widespread Panic Guitarist Jimmy Herring Talks about His New Touring Band The Invisible Whip and His Love for Texas

08/28/2017 - 9:45am

San Antonio, get ready for guitar aficionado Jimmy Herring and the 2017 debut of his new touring band The Invisible Whip. Described as “a musician’s musician,” Herring can be found smiling as he shreds on lead guitar with his legendary jam band Widespread PanicAs an admitted super fan of both Widespread Panic and Jimmy Herring – affectionately describing my location at Panic shows on the "Jimmy side,” I had the distinct pleasure of getting to speak to Herring in preparation for his upcoming show at the Tobin Center....

Tobin Center parking garage nearing end of construction

08/21/2017 - 3:00pm

A $17 million parking garage next to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is expected to wrap up construction next month, adding 521 spaces to parking-starved downtown.
The garage, which broke ground in November, also includes 5,600 square feet of retail space and a meeting area for First Baptist Church of San Antonio, which owns the land. With a brick and tile exterior, it was designed by local architecture firm Marmon Mok Architects.

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler to play Tobin Center Benefit Concert

08/04/2017 - 2:00pm

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts' fourth Annual Benefit Concert gets a wild touch of sweet emotion this year with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
The concert is slated for Nov. 4. It benefits the Tobin Center's Generation NEXT Education Initiative.
Nashville's the Loving Mary Band will be performing with Tyler, who released a country influenced solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," last yearPast headliners have been Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton. 

‘Fun Home’ will make a timely debut at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

08/04/2017 - 10:15am

Actress Kate Shindle likes to stay busy, and she seems to be very good at it.

As she’s touring the country in the lead role in “Fun Home,” which will make its San Antonio premiere at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, she’s also taking care of her responsibilities as president of Actors’ Equity, the national union for actors and stage managers.

San Antonio Film Festival Set To Screen Seven Days of Cinema

07/18/2017 - 2:15pm

The city's largest and longest-running film festival will open again in AugustThe San Antonio Film Festival's producer Adam Rocha is a long-time lover of film and his enthusiasm can be infectious. 

"It's just incredible. If you love movies this is the place for you. If you love art this is definitely the place for you," Rocha says. "So come on out, it's definitely a family event."

If you've never been to a film festival, he says the event features events that run the gamut, starting with those designed for people who just like watching films.

“Macbeth,” “La Bohéme” on tap for Opera San Antonio

06/16/2017 - 5:15pm

Opera San Antonio will stage beloved masterpieces by composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini for its 2017-18 season.

Verdi’s “Macbeth” will be performed Sept. 8 and 10, the opera company has announced; Puccini’s “La Bohéme” will be presented May 17 and 19, 2018. All performances will occur at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“Macbeth” is based on the William Shakespeare play, a story of a tragic quest for power. “La Bohéme” is set in Paris’ Latin Quarter about 1830 and is a tale of the happiness and sadness from love and loss.

Review: Cirque de la Symphonie astonishes at Tobin

06/10/2017 - 2:00pm

The San Antonio Symphony, for its season-ending program, presented Cirque de la Symphonie for the third time Friday night, after previous shows in 2011 and 2015, before an audience of nearly 1,200 people at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The cirque company of seven performers, nearly all of them with Russian backgrounds, continuously astonished the audience with feats from aerial flyers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen, drawing nearly continuous applause.

International Fest of Theatre to Expose the Plight of Immigrants

05/31/2017 - 3:45pm

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of San Antonio, AtticRep presents its third International Fest of Theatre from June 8-18. The event addresses the issue of immigration with three theatrical pieces as well as an art exhibition and symposium. The theatrical works will be presented at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, while the symposium and art exhibition will be held at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Review: Symphony’s force awakens with John Williams concert

05/31/2017 - 1:45pm

The phenomenon that marked the 1977 premiere of the “Star Wars” movie — 40 years ago this week — was that in theater after theater, many viewers lined up again to pay for tickets to see the next showing, over and over.

That probably would not have happened had John Williams’ swashbuckling score for the movie not been so darn exciting. Friday night in San Antonio, four decades later, it was still happening. People still wanted to hear the same music, this time played by the San Antonio Symphony Pops orchestra at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

S.A. high schoolers perform at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

05/24/2017 - 4:15pm

Talented teenagers from around San Antonio had a chance to perform on a world class stage Tuesday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. It was the first ever Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's Invitational and 16 young orchestra and wind ensembles took the stage to play, YOSA's Philharmonic Orchestra is usually the only orchestra to perform at the Tobin. YOSA works with 3,000 kids across San Antonio and has more than 500 in their orchestras throughout the school year.

Review: Angel Romero entrances with Rodrigo concerto at Tobin Center

05/22/2017 - 3:15pm

A gleaming episode from the San Antonio Symphony’s long-ago history rematerialized Friday night. A young Spanish guitarist named Angel Romero recorded Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the San Antonio Symphony in November 1967 at Municipal Auditorium, now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, a record that endures on compact disc.