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.

Tobin Center recognized as finalist for international development award

07/15/2016 - 2:15pm

Shortly after details were released for the design of Frost Tower, the spotlight on downtown San Antonio architecture and development is getting even brighter with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts chosen as a finalist for a prestigious award from the Urban Land Institute. The performance arts complex is one of 26 finalists located around the world that are up for this year's Global Awards for Excellence.

Dolly Parton to Play a Benefit Concert at the Tobin Center

06/24/2016 - 12:00pm

Well known for her generous spirit as well as her songwriting prowess and charismatic personality, Dolly Parton will be stopping in San Antonio on her Pure & Simple 2016 Tour. Just in time for the holidays, the blond bombshell with the heart of gold and the hair to match will headline the Tobin Center's Third Annual Benefit Concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 8.  In support of her 43rd studio album, the honky tonk angel will perform her classics — on six instruments, no less — and tell some stories from her iconic career.

Under the Sparkling Veil San Antonio Gets a World-Class, Multipurpose Performing Arts Center

06/23/2016 - 4:00pm

At the geographic center of San Antonio’s Riverwalk—a five-mile lane of shops, restaurants, hotels, and nightspots along the city’s San Antonio River—the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts connects directly with the footpath, inviting visitors to stop at this newly revived and reimagined cultural center. The 120'-high structure is wrapped in a metal veil, a shimmering mesh that becomes a spectacle on the city’s skyline and complements the environment.

John Mayall to Bring the Blues to the Carlos Alvarez Theater

06/20/2016 - 9:45am

Blues singer and songwriter John Mayall has honed his music craft for 70 years and shows no sign of slowing down. He will bring his band of Texas and Chicago musicians, with Rocky Athas on guitar, Greg Rzab on bass, and Jay Davenport on drums, to play an intimate concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 25 as part of the Tobin Studio Sessions.

The Tobin Center Announces Sensory-Friendly Performances

06/15/2016 - 2:45pm

Dedicated to inclusion, The Tobin Center announces its first Sensory-Friendly Performance. These performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming and specially-adapted for the enjoyment of families with members that are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, cognitive and physical challenges, or other sensory sensitivities. The Sensory-Friendly Performance with Parsons Dance Company is on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11 am in the H-E-B Performance Hall.

Inside Hunnypot: Concert Review and Photos - John Waite

06/10/2016 - 2:15pm

On May 22nd, John Waite had the pleasure of bringing his remarkable stories to life for a cherished group of his fans at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX.   John Waite’s performance would be latest in a critically acclaimed concert series hosted at the Tobin Center called Studio Sessions. For those that have not attended a Studio Session at the Tobin Center, it’s important to understand why performances in the 295 seat Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater are different than your typical everyday concert.

Review: '14' a dazzler

06/10/2016 - 2:00pm
AtticRep closes its current season with “14,” a spiritual cousin to last year’s season finale “From the Mahabharata: The Great Dance-Off.” Like last year’s work, “14” is an original, dance-based piece. And it’s another dazzler.