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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It may have been Election Day on Saturday, but the comic pursuit of love dominated in Opera San Antonio’s “The Barber of Seville” at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The opera company staged a union of virtuosic singing with physical comedy for the ever-popular masterpiece by Biachino Rossini before an audience of more than 1,100 people Saturday night. Stage director E. Loren Meeker prepared a highly entertaining interpretation of “Barber” with a cast that left nothing more to be desired.
The new season for San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is a sizzling one, and they can’t wait to get started. For the first time, two series openings — Broadway and the Edge — will be launched in August. “We felt that it was the one time of year that didn’t have a lot of competition,” said Aaron Zimmermann, vice president of programming and marketing, “so it was a good opportunity to start the season a little earlier.” It’s the Tobin’s biggest season yet, he added.
The Witte Museum’s expansion, Luminaria’s 10th anniversary this fall, the redevelopment of the Centro de Artes gallery, the transformation of San Pedro Creek, which will include public art installations—San Antonio’s arts community is energized right now. “There are so many great things happening in arts and culture that are transforming our community,” says Debbie Racca-Sittre, executive director at the city’s Department of Arts & Culture.
Ballet San Antonio (BSA) and Artistic Director Willy Shives have announced the 2017-18 season as “Bold and Beautiful,” which will feature romantic and dramatic elements. When compiling the new series, Shives wanted to use a specific theme that embodied the color red, as well as powerful and memorable characters to tell the stories. He also wanted to incorporate choreography that included works from George Balanchine and Gerald Arpino to add essence to each performance.
The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ryan Garrison as artistic director. A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dr. Garrison comes to CCSA by way of Phoenix, Arizona, where he maintained an active schedule as a professional choral singer, conductor, and educator. Dr. Garrison will be the second artistic director in the organization’s 34-year history.
Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Willy Shives turned to a very special constiuency when he was deciding what to present in the 2017-’18 season. He talked to his dancers. “I asked them, ‘What ballets do you want to do?’” he said. “A lot of them talked about ‘Giselle,’ and I love ‘Giselle.’ Is San Antonio ready for it? They’d better be.” That’s because the classic piece will open the season. The dancers’ suggestions, as well as Shives’ desire to challenge them and audiences, helped guide his other selections for the season, too.
As vice president of programming and marketing for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Zimmerman strives to bring in new shows that will bring in new audiences. “We want to continue to expand the theatrical options and tastes and likes and experiences for everyone,” he said. That’s why the 2017-18 season is laced with San Antonio premieres, including “Fun Home,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder” and “Circus 1903.” He also knows that there is an interest in revisiting shows that have been through before.
This city has heard the San Antonio Symphony perform Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 before. But this city has never heard those works like the San Antonio Symphony played them Friday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The high level of performance coupled with the responsive Tobin Center acoustics elevated these pieces to new concert heights. To hear both on the same program magnified the beauty of each, given the similar rich harmonic languages and the shared deep philosophical waters.
If audiences bring knowledge of world history to the San Antonio Symphony‘s newly announced classical season, they may hear familiar selections in new contexts. “I designed a season that is very much constructed around historical markers,” Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing told the Rivard Report. “We have a lot of anniversaries in ’17-’18 to celebrate.” The season will open with Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax, performing an all-Beethoven concert as a one-night-only event on Sept. 16 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
One way to convey Friday night’s San Antonio Symphony program would be to report its mixture of French and Russian music, but the better description would be about all the fun that happened. The concert was American, too, featuring a twin-sister piano duo from New York City performing one of the French pieces, Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. Piano duets rank as among the most challenging in all of repertory, mainly for getting the timing together. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing has joked that it happens best when both players have the same mother.