Ballet San Antonio once again brings the perennial holiday favorite, The Nutcracker to The Tobin Center for nine performances. San Antonio fans have a new production to look forward to this season from artistic director Willy Shives. In addition to his own choreography, Shives will incorporate that of the legendary Gerald Arpino for the “Land of Snow” and “Waltz of the Flowers” variations. Arpino was the co-founder of Joffrey Ballet and a tremendous mentor to Shives in his many years with that company.
Since retiring from the Spurs in 2009 after eight seasons that brought him three championship rings and seven consecutive selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive team, Bruce Bowen has split his time between his job as an NBA analyst for ESPN and family life in San Antonio that includes coaching the youth football and basketball teams. Now, Bowen is about to return to the “field of play” himself. On Friday night, he again will suit up for a live performance, but won’t be wearing his No. 12 Spurs jersey.
“The Other Mozart” takes a compelling look at the life of little-known story of Maria Anna Mozart, the older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As writer/actress Sylvia Milo’s piece tells it, Maria Anna – also known as Nannerl – was a gifted composer and musician whose promise and accomplishments were eclipsed not only by her brother’s astonishing gifts and growing fame, but also by the limited opportunities for women at the time. The piece captures the frustration of ambitious women of the 18th century and beyond who were thwarted because of their gender.
Actress and musician Sylvia Milo was in Vienna visiting the Mozart House, a museum dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, when she noticed a small family portrait near the exit. “I saw a woman at a keyboard seated next to Wolfgang, their hands intertwined, looking like equals,” said Milo, who noted that the woman’s “enormous” hairdo drew her attention initially. “They were already in their 20s. I wondered, who is the woman next to Wolfgang?” It turns out that it’s his sister, Maria Anna, who went by the nickname Nannerl.
Big sounds, or at least plenty of loud noise, dominated Friday night’s San Antonio Symphony classical series concert. From a new trapset concerto by rock drummer Stewart Copeland and the mighty organ volumes for Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, “Organ,” to short, thickly orchestrated works by Franz Schmidt, the eardrums of about 1,000 people at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts received an extravagant workout.
The enduring popularity of Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” flows from the uncommon unity of its fabulous melodies with the story’s magnetic characters and their emotions. Opera San Antonio’s “Carmen” production, the first of its 2016-17 season, magnified that unity in its Thursday night performance in all the ways that counted.
One of several global development projects, San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has been selected as a winner in the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2016 Global Awards for Excellence program which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. The program, established in 1979, recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management.
A night at the orchestra is a time-honored tradition that goes back to nearly the beginning of time. But composers like Mozart and Beethoven didn’t have the luxury of composing for one of the best rock drummers of our generation, as he is banging out a rhythm that could shake the very foundation of the great concert halls in Vienna and Berlin and the rest of Europe.
As Opera San Antonio’s first production of its third season approaches — Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” which opens Thursday — its new general and artistic director begins his duties convinced his life and training has prepared him for his administrative role at the organization. Enrique Carreón-Robledo assumed his new position in early August, when much of the planning for the opera company’s upcoming season already had been made. “The structure of the company is so strong,” Carreón-Robledo said. “Its vision is similar to mine.
Stewart Copeland, founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Police, has gone beyond his work with the legendary 3-piece band and is set to hit the stage with a 60-piece orchestra when he joins the San Antonio Symphony for a performance of his new concerto for percussion and a drum kit titled “The Tyrant’s Crush.” What makes this piece so unusual is it’s composed for a trap-set drummer, with the tympani making an occasional appearance, and the dynamic of blending the drum set with a full-scale orchestra.
The ballet “Don Quixote” is not really about Cervantes’s deluded knight errant, but it’s a classic of the ballet repertoire and for a good reason. It’s a non-stop dancing feast, colorful, vibrant, sprinkled with humor and stellar moments.
Ballet San Antonio’s first ever “Don Quixote,” which opened Friday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, delivered all of that and then some.
Blayne Tucker, the founder and promoter extraordinaire behind the Maverick Music Festival one of the city's best indie music events of the year, announced that for its fifth run, Maverick will partner with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Basically, the music festival that has helped jumpstart San Antonio's growing reputation as a legit indie music scene is partnering with people who in the past two years seem to have goosed the quality of out-of-town acts willing to come here (like Kraftwerk this month or Morrissey in November).
The city’s architects, designers, and engineers Thursday night to celebrate the American Institute of Architects-San Antonio (AIA-SA) Design Awards. Each year, the ceremony celebrates the “best of the best” in the field and helps increase awareness of the importance of architecture in daily life. Mayor Ivy Taylor was on hand at the ceremony to personally announce her selection for the Mayor’s Choice Award, which recognizes outstanding work on publicly funded architecture projects. The architects behind the 183,000 sq.
Beginning Sunday, the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is presenting its strongest run of consecutive shows. Singer-songwriters Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Rodney Crowell and John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful are set to deliver intimate shows with their bands as part of the Tobin’s Studio Sessions series. Robinson plays Sunday. Sebastian plays Tuesday. Crowell, who plays Monday, joked that he’s rolling into town from Nashville “with new lies to tell.” The intimate setting doesn’t intimidate him a lick.
Choreographer David Parsons wants everybody who comes to see performances by his contemporary dance company to feel at home. That’s especially true for those who attend the sensory friendly programs his company creates for those on the autism spectrum and others with sensitivity to noise or sound. “It’s really about giving the opportunity for a family that is dealing with autism to take a moment to feel the magic of the theater with their child,” Parsons said.