Ballet San Antonio will kick off 2018-’19 season with ‘Beauty and the Beast’

03/19/2018 - 11:30am

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.

Review: Perlman dazzles with challenging, entertaining recital

02/09/2018 - 4:15pm

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.

Review: Soprano star Renée Fleming enchants

11/03/2017 - 3:00pm

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. 

Visual art enhances Tobin Center experience

09/28/2017 - 3:30pm

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.

Symphony’s Classical Opener a Crowd Pleaser

09/25/2017 - 5:00pm

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.

Kaki King Shreds the Tobin's Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

09/18/2017 - 7:15pm

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

Pianist Ax launches symphony with poetic power

09/18/2017 - 6:15pm

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.”

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.