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.

Vikki Carr returns to the Tobin featuring Mariachi Aztlán

02/16/2016 - 4:45pm

San Antonio’s own legendary Vikki Carr will return to the beautiful Tobin Center for the Performing Arts for a special night, where she promises to sing her biggest hits and take a trip down memory lane. One of the most beloved singers in San Antonio and around the world, Carr will light up the stage in the H-E-B Performance Hall of the Tobin on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. featuring Mariachi Aztlán Now living in San Antonio, Carr has become one of the most accomplished entertainers in the United States, Latin America and Europe having worked in radio, television, film and theatre.

Ballet S.A.’s new artistic director comes home to Texas

02/09/2016 - 3:30pm

Willy Shives had no way of knowing it at the time, but his decision to stop dancing in “The Nutcracker” a few years ago put him squarely on course to his new position with Ballet San Antonio. Shives, who left the famed Joffrey Ballet to become Ballet San Antonio’s artistic director in December, is a native of Edinburg who moved away from Texas at the age of 9 to study at the School of American Ballet in New York.

Symphony raises curtain on 2016-17 season

02/09/2016 - 3:15pm

A Mozart Festival and special concerts featuring violinist Gil Shaham and San Antonio native Christopher Cross are among the highlights for the San Antonio Symphony’s 2016-17 season. The upcoming season’s schedule was unveiled during a Wednesday night event for season ticket subscribers at the symphony’s performance home, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The widely recorded violin star Shaham will perform with the San Antonio Symphony on March 4, 2017. Shaham last appeared with the orchestra in 2009.

Joshua Bell recital a hit with San Antonians

02/03/2016 - 1:15pm

With overflowing talent and supreme confidence, violin superstar Joshua Bell once again demonstrated to a breathless San Antonio audience Tuesday night why he’s one of the world’s greats. Making his fourth San Antonio appearance since the 1990s, Bell performed for the first time in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, making the most of the excellent acoustics in a recital for a near-capacity audience. Bell made his 303-year-old Stradivarius sing in the first moments of the opening Chaconne by Tomaso Antonio Vitali.

SA kicks off planning for tricentennial celebrations at the Tobin Center

01/28/2016 - 2:45pm

San Antonio officially kicked off its tricentennial celebration for 2018. The city will be turning 300 years old in 2018 and the city can't wait to start celebrating.  "A celebration of our history, culture, and we're going to be so looking forward to the next 300 years in our incredible and amazing city," Mayor Ivy Taylor said. Wednesday's event was filled with energy, excitement and confetti. The Tricentennial Commission unveiled its new logo and announced the launch of its website in grand fashion.

Luminaria Take Two Features Events at the Tobin Center

01/28/2016 - 2:30pm

The final events of Luminaria Take Two, the series presenting artworks that had to be cancelled due to stormy weather during the 2015 edition of the arts blowout, will take place next month. Luminaria logo The main events have been designed as miniature versions of Luminaria. On Feb. 19, about 20 artists will take over the San Antonio Museum of Art campus from 8 p.m. to midnight for video projections, live music and other performances. Food trucks will also be up and running. On Feb.

YOSA Alum To Premiere Concerto With San Antonio Symphony

01/21/2016 - 9:45am

Christine Lamprea, a Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) alum and former student of San Antonio Symphony principal cellist Ken Freudigman, returns to San Antonio this week with a world premiere tucked into her cello case. She’ll be performing composer Jeffrey Mumford’s concerto titled of fields unfolding...echoing depths of resonant light. Lamprea says she hopes that San Antonio’s familiarity and trust with her will help them listen to the new music with open ears. The concert takes place on January 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Former Led Zeppelin Frontman Robert Plant Is Coming to the Tobin Center

01/20/2016 - 11:30am

The legendary Led Zeppelin frontman brings his bluesy, brooding bacchanal to San Antonio on Thursday, March 17. From fronting one of the most stoned-on-sex, high-on-lust rock 'n' roll bands of all time, to continuously broadening and exhibiting his knowledge and love of the roots music canon, Plant has proved to be more than a one-trick pony.

Symphony jazzes up its festival opening

01/18/2016 - 7:15pm
The San Antonio Symphony didn’t waste a syncopated beat Friday night in jumping into its first Las Américas Festival program. What music can be more American than jazz? The program presented works by two top greats, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, composers sophisticated enough to rise above their nightclub and jazz- band roots to write pieces for the serious concert halls

Tobin Center and NEISD to take part in Kennedy Center program

01/13/2016 - 5:00pm
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the North East Independent School District will be taking part in the 14th Partners in Education Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The intensive training program takes place April 27-30. Ten teams from across the country — each featuring a school system and an arts organization — were chosen to take part. They will join 95 established teams that are already working with the program.

The Best of 2015 in Classical Music

01/06/2016 - 1:30pm
Here are the highlights of the year in classical music:“Salome”: Opera San Antonio presented its first fully staged opera at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in January. Richard Strauss’ “Salome” was an intense experience.