‘Merry Christmas From the Family’ has become an unlikely classic that’s been a live show mainstay ever since. His band has recorded an entire Christmas album, and at this time of the year, they play it along with other Keen songs. “We bring our Christmas show to San Antonio and we have for years now. And over the years, it’s just grown and grown to be kind of like a parade.” His Tuesday night Tobin show features a huge set and they dress in costume. Young and old alike are welcome.
The ties between UTSA’s music and performance programs and San Antonio’s arts scene are in the spotlight–and will be made even stronger–with the opening of the city’s premier performing arts venue. The Sept. 4 event showcased the new $203 million state-of-the-art center as well as three resident companies -- San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio and Opera San Antonio.
As in years past, Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony kicked off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving with their annual production of “The Nutcracker,” but this year they did it in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, their new performing home. The 11-performance run continues through Dec. 7. Perhaps inspired by the new venue, Ballet San Antonio has gone all out to produce a grander, more opulent and festive show that’s sure to please families looking for the traditional “Nutcracker” they know and love.
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Symphony set a Thanksgiving table Friday night (Nov. 14) for a feast of American music in a classical series program. Music by Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber and Charles Ives dotted the concert, along with one piece first played in the early years of the San Antonio Symphony nearly 70 years ago and a world premiere with a puzzle.
One loves babies; the other is more about the babes. Country music legends Don Williams and Dwight Yoakam played in the area on Thursday night.
Williams was at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, playing for a little over 1,400 fans; Yoakam played John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes for some 2,200 fans.
SAN ANTONIO – He’s played Sunken Garden Theater with lightning at his back. He’s rumbled inside the Alamodome.
But Carlos Santana has maybe never played as well here as he did on Tuesday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
The Woodstock era guitarist with his tight eight-piece band (that included two horn players, drummer and two percussionists) and two excellent vocalists performed for more than two hours for a crowd of 1,700, many who danced all night during the 18-song set.
Given that Sir Paul McCartney regularly sells out arenas that seat 50,000 people, it was anyone’s guess what his production — usually filled out by giant graphics screens, pyrotechnics and plenty of moving parts — would look like in San Antonio’s 1,750-capacity H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, where he played a gig to benefit the newly renovated venue Wednesday night.
The Beatles never played San Antonio.
Thanks to a shiny new venue, though, the two surviving ex-Beatles are arriving within a week of each other — 50 years after they first arrived in America.
Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have played San Antonio before, both in venues befitting their post-Beatles status.
Beyond the glitter and excitement of the newly opened Tobin Center, the three people leading San Antonio’s main resident performing arts organizations are exploring new ways to collaborate on and off the stage.
After a seven-year repurposing process, San Antonio’s performing arts center, Tobin Center, opened its doors last Thursday to a well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances by its residents, including the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio and Ballet San Antonio.
San Antonio could gain a bright icon on Sept. 4 when downtown's Tobin Center for the Performing Arts' AT&T Sky Wall becomes operational with thousands of LED lights.
Tobin Center leaders on Tuesday announced they were adding the AT&T Inc. name to the silver skin, or architectural veil, surrounding the building, which houses two performance halls. The performing arts complex will be dedicated next week.
A fairly predictable cast of characters will populate the stage of the H-E-B Performance Hall when downtown’s new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts lifts its curtain for the first time on Sept. 4. That’s not to say the first public event at the $203 million, seven-years-in-the-making Tobin Center won’t be extraordinary. Indeed, for the first time, members of the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio and Ballet San Antonio—all resident companies at the Tobin—will perform together on the H-E-B Performance Hall stage.