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All eyes on ‘Carmen’ as Opera San Antonio begins new season

10/27/2016 - 3:00pm

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.

SYMPHONY ROCKS: Legendary drummer Stewart Copeland brings 'Tyrant's Crush' to San Antonio

10/17/2016 - 3:45pm

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.

Dancers shine in Ballet San Antonio’s ‘Don Quixote’

10/17/2016 - 3:00pm

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.

All Signs Point to a Bigger, Better Maverick Music Fest Next Year

09/25/2016 - 5:15pm

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).

AIA Awards Recognizes ‘Best of the Best’ in Local Architecture

09/23/2016 - 4:00pm

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.

Legendary musicians arrive on consecutive nights for intimate shows at the Tobin Center

09/22/2016 - 4:15pm

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.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts presents its first sensory-friendly show

09/22/2016 - 3:30pm

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.

Symphony opens season with inspired Carmina Burana

09/19/2016 - 9:30am

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.

The Tobin Center to Offer First Sensory-Friendly Performance

09/16/2016 - 12:30pm

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.

Buena Vista Social Club Artists to Bring Cuban Sounds to the Tobin

08/15/2016 - 9:45am

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.

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Awarded IAVM’s 2016 Venue Excellence Award

07/29/2016 - 11:00am

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has been honored with the notable 2016 Venue Excellence Award from International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). Awarded at the IVAM’s ceremony, held earlier this week in Minneapolis, The Venue Excellence Award annually recognize four venue types (convention centers, stadiums, arenas, and performing arts centers) which have demonstrated excellence in the management and operation of public assembly venues, with a focus on operations, team building, professional development, and customer satisfaction.

22nd annual San Antonio Film Festival reels in July 25-31

07/19/2016 - 11:15am

Film festivals give filmmakers, actors and screenwriters the opportunity to show their talent to an audience ready to see something unique— for a local film festival, it is important to give them the exposure. The 22nd annual San Antonio Film Festival (SAFILM) is ready to reel in at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts July 25 through July 31. There will be many opportunities including 145 feature-length and short films in downtown San Antonio.

A Formal Southern Wedding at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

07/19/2016 - 10:45am

Millie Freeman (26 and a marketing coordinator) and Luke Reinhart (25 and a law student), who first met in elementary school and started dating in high school, threw a classic Texas wedding in San Antonio at the elegant Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. "Our goal was to make everyone feel comfortable, so we tried not to lean on the opulent," Millie says of the formal space.

Opera San Antonio names new director

07/15/2016 - 3:45pm

Enrique Carreón-Robledo has been named the new general and artistic director for Opera San Antonio. He will step into his new role Aug. 1. He succeeds composer Tobias Picker, who left the company in January 2015. Carreón-Robledo's credits include four years as artistic director of Opera in the Heights in Houston and his recently completed one-year appointment as visiting director of orchestral studies and professor of conducting at Oklahoma State University.

Todrick Hall leaps from ‘American Idol’ to ‘Straight Outta Oz’ and the Tobin Center

07/15/2016 - 2:30pm

Outta Oz’ and the Tobin Center By Deborah Martin July 14, 2016 Updated: July 14, 2016 6:43pm 0 Todrick Hall is bringing his “Straight Outta Oz” tour to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Photo: Courtesy Photo Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 1 of 5 Todrick Hall is bringing his “Straight Outta Oz” tour to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Todrick Hall left the ninth season of “American Idol,” where he reached the semifinals, with a shattered spirit.

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