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.
The San Antonio Symphony launched its 2016-17 season Friday night with a spectacle – employing massive extra musical forces and combining ancient poetry with universal harmonic ideas in a package simply called Carmina Burana. The Carl Orff piece, premiered in 1937, required an enlarged San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio Mastersingers, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and three first-rate solo singers. Together they numbered 268. A near-capacity audience of more than 1,600 people took it all in at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
Families with loved ones diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, cognitive and physical challenges, or other sensory sensitivities will soon be able to enjoy performances at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts that are specifically adapted to meet their needs. The Tobin will host its first ever sensory-friendly performance on Monday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in the H-E-B Performance Hall, featuring the Parsons Dance Company, a New York City-based modern dance company internationally recognized for creating and performing contemporary American dance.
Cuban music from the vintage era of the 1950s will again be performed by its masters in San Antonio. Cuban singer Omara Portuondo and Cuban master guitarist Eliades Ochoa from Buena Vista Social Club will come together to perform at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Buena Vista Social Club began with the smash 1997 album of the same name, after musician Ry Cooder recruited a group of aging, forgotten musicians for a 1997 recording session in Havana.