‘Fun Home’ will make a timely debut at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

08/04/2017 - 10:15am

Actress Kate Shindle likes to stay busy, and she seems to be very good at it.

As she’s touring the country in the lead role in “Fun Home,” which will make its San Antonio premiere at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, she’s also taking care of her responsibilities as president of Actors’ Equity, the national union for actors and stage managers.

San Antonio Film Festival Set To Screen Seven Days of Cinema

07/18/2017 - 2:15pm

The city's largest and longest-running film festival will open again in AugustThe San Antonio Film Festival's producer Adam Rocha is a long-time lover of film and his enthusiasm can be infectious. 

"It's just incredible. If you love movies this is the place for you. If you love art this is definitely the place for you," Rocha says. "So come on out, it's definitely a family event."

If you've never been to a film festival, he says the event features events that run the gamut, starting with those designed for people who just like watching films.

“Macbeth,” “La Bohéme” on tap for Opera San Antonio

06/16/2017 - 5:15pm

Opera San Antonio will stage beloved masterpieces by composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini for its 2017-18 season.

Verdi’s “Macbeth” will be performed Sept. 8 and 10, the opera company has announced; Puccini’s “La Bohéme” will be presented May 17 and 19, 2018. All performances will occur at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“Macbeth” is based on the William Shakespeare play, a story of a tragic quest for power. “La Bohéme” is set in Paris’ Latin Quarter about 1830 and is a tale of the happiness and sadness from love and loss.

Review: Cirque de la Symphonie astonishes at Tobin

06/10/2017 - 2:00pm

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.

International Fest of Theatre to Expose the Plight of Immigrants

05/31/2017 - 3:45pm

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.

Review: Symphony’s force awakens with John Williams concert

05/31/2017 - 1:45pm

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.

S.A. high schoolers perform at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

05/24/2017 - 4:15pm

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.

Review: Angel Romero entrances with Rodrigo concerto at Tobin Center

05/22/2017 - 3:15pm

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.

Joyous love wins in ‘The Barber of Seville’

05/08/2017 - 7:30pm

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 Tobin Center's 2017-18 Season- Bigger, Better, Hotter

05/03/2017 - 11:30am

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 move toward making San Antonio a cultural mecca is gaining momentum

05/02/2017 - 4:00pm

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 presents a ‘Bold’ 2017-18

05/02/2017 - 4:00pm

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 Announces Dr. Ryan Garrison as New Artistic Director

04/19/2017 - 10:30am

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’s 2017-’18 season holds new and well-known work

04/07/2017 - 6:00pm

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.

‘Fun Home’ and ‘Circus 1903’ coming to the Tobin Center

04/07/2017 - 6:00pm

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.