S.A. arts groups find new audiences in those with special needs

01/27/2017 - 1:15pm

On a rainy Monday morning in September, more than 200 people turned up at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to watch a special performance by Parsons Dance. The first indication that the show, which was designed specifically for those with sensitivity to light and sound, wasn’t a standard-issue offering might have been the program. Rather than the expected dancer biographies and descriptions of each piece of choreography, it offered a “social narrative,” a guide to everything the audience could expect to encounter.

Symphony, Emerson and opera highlighted 2016

12/23/2016 - 11:45am

A Gustav Mahler classic, a visiting string quartet, Carl Orff’s towering masterpiece and a popular opera combined to highlight the classical music year in San Antonio. In common, they all were staged at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, accentuated by outstanding acoustics. Symphonic music Mahler: The San Antonio Symphony has a knack for concluding seasons with soaring, transcendental music.

Orchestra, Martin, chorus combine for holiday gems

12/19/2016 - 10:45am

It snowed Friday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts — at least soap-bubble flakes were flying off the roof. But the annual popular San Antonio Symphony Holiday Pops concert inside covered far more ground for the near-capacity audience of about 1,500 people. Global mezzo-soprano star Catherine Martin, the Mastersingers, a wide-ranging program and Santa Claus combined for a “Wonderful Life” evening of music for the audience, which also joined in the music-making with a sing-along of carols.

‘Pure” Dolly Parton on display at Tobin Center concert

12/11/2016 - 4:30pm

Hello, Dolly!

Country music icon Dolly Parton made a grand entrance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday to the refrain of Louis Armstrong’s signature hit and delivered a show that out-dazzled her glitzy dresses, rhinestone guitars, high heels and big hair.

Story Time With Dolly Parton at the Tobin Center

12/11/2016 - 4:30pm

As a queer person just now really starting to listen to and enjoy country music, Dolly Parton’s openness had shined bright to me since then, like the sea of glowing rhinestones stitched across her fabulous outfits. It's an openness you can hear in her stories. At the Tobin Center Thursday night, after I was guided through a crowd of cowboy hats, denim jeans and fur coats, the lights dimmed, the music started, and Dolly took us all for a ride down an old dusty road through the smokey mountains of Tennessee.

YOSA's Troy Peters Honored as a 2016 Professional of the Year by Musical America

12/11/2016 - 4:15pm

For those of us who make it our business to know what's good in San Antonio music, Troy Peters—composer, music advocate, and director of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA)—has been a beacon of inspiration for years now. It seems we aren't the only ones to note Peters' consistent arete and efficacy in his work, however, as Musical America Worldwide just named him among its Top 30 Musical Professionals of the Year, a distinction awarded to individuals who "have generated new ideas, launched or notably advanced a business, programmed a new series, or all of the above.” Above all, those who

$17 Million Parking Garage is ‘Missing Link’ For Tobin Center

12/07/2016 - 3:45pm

Officials broke ground on a new $17 million parking garage on the corner of 4th and Taylor streets on Monday, which will bring 521 spaces to the triangular lot less than one block away from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The project was praised by City, County, and Tobin leaders as “mission critical” as events and nearby amenities steadily increase around the downtown performing arts venue. “When we did the initial studies for what became the Tobin Center, the number one concern people had was, ‘Where am I going to park?'” said J.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Recognized by the Urban Land Institute

12/05/2016 - 12:15pm

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, has been recognized with a 2016 Global Award of Excellence as one of the top civic design projects in the world by the Urban Land Institute. Designed by LMN Architects in partnership with executive architects Marmon Mok Architecture, the $150 million expansion and renovation project embraces the multi-faceted cultural identity of the city with a distinctive tapestry of form, materiality, light, and landscape.

Holiday Classic The Nutcracker Takes Center Stage at the Tobin

11/29/2016 - 12:45pm

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.

Former Spur Bruce Bowen to Play Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker

11/25/2016 - 3:15pm

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.

Review: 'The Other Mozart' intrigues at Tobin Center

11/18/2016 - 11:15am

“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.

‘The Other Mozart’ coming to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

11/14/2016 - 3:45pm

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.

San Antonio Symphony shakes Tobin walls, helped by drummer Stewart Copeland

11/07/2016 - 2:00pm

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.

“Carmen” singing cast wins out for Opera San Antonio

11/01/2016 - 2:45pm

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.