Tobin Center takes high school students backstage

05/25/2016 - 1:30pm

 School field trips don’t usually do much for Brackenridge High School junior Serena Torres, but the backstage tour that her theater tech class took of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Monday was different. “I actually got excited over this one,” Torres said. The 17-year-old took the 90-minute tour with 12 of her classmates and teacher Cheryl Hanson. Technical Director Sean Jenkins met the group in the lobby, where they asked about the kinds of lights that are in the ceiling.

Gnarly! ’80s music is back and touring the U.S.

05/16/2016 - 1:30pm

Eighties music is back in San Antonio, and nothing reflects it more than the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ recent spate of ’80s concert announcements: Culture Club, Duran Duran and New Edition. Next week, ’80s star John Waite (“Missing You”) plays a storytellers-style show at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center on May 22.

Noted dancer and arts consultant meets with Ballet San Antonio

05/13/2016 - 2:00pm

Arts consultant Bruce Marks, whose long careers include stints dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theatre and heading Ballet West and the Boston Ballet, sees a lot of potential in Ballet San Antonio. “Usually, it’s a good ballet company in search of a theater; now we’ve got a theater in search of a great ballet company,” Marks said. “And we’re going to fill that void.” Marks, who has advised dance companies around the world, spent part of last week meeting with the company’s leadership to offer advice on how to grow the company.

Tobin announces theater, dance seasons

05/03/2016 - 3:15pm

The 2016-17 season of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ three subscription series — Signature, Dance and Edge — holds the first touring production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” since the musical went to Broadway as well as the return of longtime favorites. Aaron Zimmerman, vice president of programming and marketing for the Tobin Center, said he is particularly pleased with the lineup for the dance series, not only because it features four world-class contemporary companies but because there will be an educational component with each performance. In addition, on Sept.

San Antonio’s favorite theater named the best in the world

04/12/2016 - 4:45pm
San Antonio’s thriving arts scene is an undeniable source of city pride. Contributing on the theater front is the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which brings in a diverse array of performances and programming in its state-of-the-art venue. So, it should come as no surprise to San Antonians that it just received an all-star ranking, placing it among the top theaters in the world.

Ballet SA Brings Diverse Program to the Tobin

04/11/2016 - 9:15am

Ballet San Antonio will take the stage for their final performance of the 2015-2016 season on Sunday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Ballet Alive is a program presenting five diverse works showcasing the Company’s versatility. Two of the pieces are new works by Artistic Director Willy Shives.  On opening night, attendance was disappointingly light. I am always puzzled by this phenomenon. There are enough contemporary ballet fans to fill the house but Ballet San Antonio often finds itself playing to a less than half full hall.

Children and grandchildren of the ’60s gather at the Tobin

04/11/2016 - 9:15am
Three generations of rock ’n’ roll fans gathered outdoors Saturday afternoon at the River Walk Plaza at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts for “Behind the Lens” with photographers and rock insiders Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz. Boyd is a rock muse of the highest order, the inspiration for the Beatles’ “Something” and Eric Clapton’s “Layla,” as well as “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Wonderful Tonight.” The former fashion model was once married to Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison; later to Clapton.

Showcase bodes well for Ballet San Antonio’s future

04/11/2016 - 9:00am

Ballet San Antonio is wrapping up its 2015-16 season with “Ballet Alive!” The sparkling showcase of contemporary ballet, which opened Friday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, is the first program chosen and shaped by new artistic director Willy Shives, and it bodes well for the future.

Verdi’s rich opera shines in San Antonio Symphony's concert version

04/03/2016 - 7:00pm
If Thursday night’s concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore doesn’t whet San Antonio’s appetite for more high-quality opera, probably nothing can. A collaboration of the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio and the Mastersingers, the concert presented a top-flight cast backed by remarkable performances from the orchestra and the Mastersingers chorus.

Tobin Center Education Initiatives Bring Arts into the Classroom

03/31/2016 - 10:15am

With its new Generation Next Education Initiative, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is expanding their educational reach, a key component of its mission. The initiative brings students to the Tobin for special programming, takes artists out into schools for face-to-face engagement, and will soon be working on a transformational curriculum to be implemented with North East Independent School District.Education initiatives have always been part of the Tobin’s master plan.

BWW Review: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Dances Through San Antonio, Texas

03/29/2016 - 1:30pm

With the disco craze a thing of the past and only one of the Bee Gees still living (Barry Gibb), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER takes the audience back to a time when disco ruled and dancing was the best thing to do on a Saturday night. The current touring production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER came to San Antonio's Tobin Center for one performance last night. The show had a great mix of performers whose authentic costumes from the late 70's made the story come to life. Matthew Baker seamlessly fit the role of Tony Manero trying to make his way in Brooklyn, New York.

Tobin Center invites students to go behind the scenes

03/10/2016 - 10:00am

Tobin Center has a growing education program, Generation Next. It includes master classes, open rehearsals, weekday matinees for school groups, Q&As and other events providing a look behind the scenes. Education has been a component in the Tobin Center’s programming from the get-go, said Kendall Purpura, vice president of development and education. “From the very early days, it was part of the vision and an important part of the mission of the organization,” Purpura said.  More than 50,000 students attended children’s shows and matinees in the Tobin Center’s first year.

Tobin Center capital campaign surpasses goal

03/09/2016 - 11:30am

The nearly eight-year Tobin Center for the Performing Arts capital campaign was declared complete Tuesday morning with the announcement of a final $5 million gift. The final total of private donations came to more than $58 million, about $4 million more than its goal, thanks to the donation by the Will Smith Foundation, named for an 8-year-old who died in 2007 after an auto accident in Hawaii. The $5 million gift was presented by Susan Naylor Moulton, president of the foundation named for her deceased son. The donation entitles Moulton to name the Tobin Center’s river plaza.

Broadway singers win over audience

02/29/2016 - 10:30am
If the way to get to New York’s Broadway, like nearby Carnegie Hall, is practice, practice, practice, then vocalists Christiane Noll and Doug LaBrecque arrived a long time ago. Noll and LaBrecque have performed their “Bravo Broadway!” show with pops orchestras everywhere about 500 times, they said during their appearance Friday night with the San Antonio Symphony Pops before about 1,200 people at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. They’ve done “Bravo” twice before in San Antonio, the last time in 2009, they said, of course with different music selections each time.

An Atlantan Reflects on San Antonio and its Musical Legacy

02/23/2016 - 11:45am

Coming here from Atlanta, Texas in general and San Antonio in particular, has been an entirely new experience for me. Through the lens of a music historian with a research focus on Rhythm & Blues music, however, I witnessed something at the Tobin Center that should leave every San Antonian’s heart bursting at the seams with love and joy. I know that I felt it. Other cities don’t have this.