Tobin Center's acoustics to rank with the best

08/01/2014 - 7:15am

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts' main concert hall will have the ability to rank with the best acoustics venues in the country, experts with the consulting firm that helped guide the design of the center said Thursday.

Audiences “will be blown away. It will be a sound they haven't heard before,” said Chris Blair, principal and tuning conductor for Connecticut-based Akustiks LLC, in an interview before the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio conducted a test-drive performance for sound purposes Thursday night with an audience of almost 800 people.

Tobin Lands Iconic Music Stars for Opening Month

07/25/2014 - 10:00am

San Antonio, TX.- San Antonio is a city on the rise but it has been lacking an important factor, a performing arts center. However, come Sept. 4 The Tobin Center of Performing Arts will open its doors to the public and change that fact. 

Tobin Center aims for financial balance

07/05/2014 - 9:30am

 Two months before the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens Sept. 4, the budget for the nonprofit organization that will operate the $203 million complex appears headed toward an annual eight-figure sum.

The first four months of operation alone already have a $9 million operating budget — and that could rise even higher if more shows can be shoehorned into the already ambitious initial performance period.

Tobin Center's Medal of Honor Walk to open

07/03/2014 - 7:15am

Veterans who worried that the transformation of the historic Municipal Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts would somehow diminish the importance of the city’s Veterans Memorial Plaza Historic District should come to the Thursday, 10 a.m. unveiling of the Medal of Honor River Portal. If anything, the long-missing sense of hallowed ground may now be found.

Tobin Center Completion Looming Large

06/25/2014 - 7:00am

Amid the hard hats, construction dust, and drone of equipment at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, there is an elegance that cannot be denied.

With less than 11 weeks until the grand opening, the Tobin Center is a flurry of activity as every detail is checked and checked again. Not one light, seat, door, cable or floorboard – nothing – can be overlooked as the Tobin Center readies for its grand introduction to San Antonio and the world beyond.

Jason Mraz at The Tobin

06/23/2014 - 6:45am

Jason Mraz, whose light, bouncy single “I’m Yours” hit No. 3 in 2008, is the latest addition to the opening-weekend lineup of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The Grammy-winning Mraz, who will make his San Antonio debut at the new facility Sept. 6, will be touring in support of his upcoming album “YES!”, which comes out July 15. It’s the followup to 2012′s “Love Is a Four-Letter Word,” which debuted at No. 2 on the album charts.

Ringo Starr to play Tobin Center

06/12/2014 - 7:00am

Management for the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has promised an eclectic mix of entertainment for the new venue, set to open this fall. They are delivering just that.
The latest addition to the Tobin Center’s inaugural season of performances is an all-star rock band led by former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, which will perform at the building on Oct. 7.

Culinaire gets concession deal at Tobin Center

05/16/2014 - 10:15am

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which will open in September, has selected Culinaire International as its as exclusive in-house caterer and concessionaire.

The Dallas-based food and beverage management company will be branded as Tobin Center Catering in San Antonio. It will provide all food and beverage services for on-site public and private events, and for off-site special events.

Tobin Center enters the final stretch

05/15/2014 - 12:45pm

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.

'Telling San Antonio' to bring veterans' stories to life

04/24/2014 - 9:45am

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 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.

Big names on tap for Tobin's first year

04/10/2014 - 2:15pm

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.

Tobin Center Announces Eclectic First Season

04/10/2014 - 2:00pm

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.