While we’re waiting for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to open, at long last, this September, I’d like to offer a few preliminary musings about the project.
KLRN and the Veteran Artist Program have teamed up to bring this inspiring show to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts September 30–October 5. Veterans with stories are encouraged to share them May 7-10 at the KLRN Studios, where they will be recorded (to schedule an interview, visit klrn.org/veterans). With the help of playwright Jon Wei, selected veterans will receive training and several of their stories will become part of the three-act play Telling: San Antonio.
In its first year, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will present such big names as Bill Cosby, David Sedaris, Arlo Guthrie and the Charlie Daniels Band.
In all, including the San Antonio Symphony and other resident companies, 243 performances have been booked so far.
“It's gonna be a 24/7 building,” Tobin Center President and CEO Mike Fresher said.
The bookings for 2014-'15 will be announced at a news conference — dubbed a “season teaser” — Thursday morning.
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the soon-to-be center stage for San Antonio’s arts community, has unveiled its inaugural season. From comedic legend Bill Cosby to the Scottish Ballet’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a total of 33 productions, performance groups and artists are set to liven up the quiet, tucked-in corner of downtown where the center stands, with promise of more yet-to-be announced acts to fill out the upcoming 2014-15 season.
The Piano Guys will be among the first acts to play the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts when it opens in September. They are known for their blend of pop and classical music, including a much-downloaded video of their 10-handed take on One Direction’s “That’s What Makes You Beautiful.”
For their first seasons in residence at the Tobin Center for thePerforming Arts, AtticRep and Ballet San Antonio are bringing the big guns.
As beautiful visually and acoustically as the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts may be when it opens in September, another aspect will be the building's main point of contact with each audience member.
Performing arts centers are all about finely tuned acoustics, state-of-the-art technology and world-class architecture. But some of the nation’s newest, most cutting-edge centers also strive to preserve history, create public spaces and serve their communities.
The Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation is seeking to raise $54 million in private funding to help transform Municipal Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
The nonprofit organization, which will own and operate the Tobin Center once construction is completed, has already raised more than $43 million and expects to hit secure the balance by the time the building opens in mid-September.
The new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open in September and will be the new home venue for the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio and other arts companies. The high-tech performance venue is said to be one of the must-have parts of making the city world class in the arts. As Tobin Foundation Chair Bruce Bugg notes, the Tobin started with the voters.
The Mays Family Foundation is donating $1.25 million toward the ongoing construction of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Tobin Center executives announced during a ceremony Wednesday.
The Tobin Center was born from the idea that San Antonio needed a world-class performing arts facility. Despite the existence of the Majestic Theater and the now recently renovated Lila Cockrell Theater, a new state-of-the-art center was desired. And so in 2008 the question was put to the voters of Bexar County who approved a $100 million bond to fund construction of the facility.
Behind a chain-link fence that surrounds the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, hammering, grinding and drilling echo throughout. Cranes move tons of steel used to reinforce the auditorium and the 120-foot-tall metal veil that will be placed atop the building's historic façade. Workers balance on steel beams high above the ground, laboring to assemble the auditorium's shell, which should be complete by May.