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 San Antonio’s ‘Peter Pan’ Charms and Delights

02/15/2016 - 10:30am

The Ballet San Antonio production of “Peter Pan” took flight Friday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Those in attendance were drawn by the pixie dust and magic of the classic J.M. Barrie children’s tale. We were treated to an evening of simply beautiful dancing, laughter and even a few tears here and there. From beginning to end, this was an enchanting performance by a lovely group of dancers on the rise This was the first performance by the company under new management, and this team delivered the goods.

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.

“The Nutcracker” at 30: Ballet SA Marks a Milestone, Looks to Future

12/11/2015 - 10:15am
As Ballet San Antonio completes its 30th season of “The Nutcracker,” the company looks back at the past by performing the choreography of Mayra Worthen, while looking forward to the future with newly minted artistic director, Willy Shives. Shives believes that San Antonio deserves a world-class company but acknowledges that his greatest challenge is getting the audience into the theater.“We just need to get out there,” he said. “It is important for us all to grow as human beings and the arts put us in a place to be able to do that. A place of confidence and self-worth.”

REVIEW: Lionel Richie ‘All Night Long’ – almost

10/23/2015 - 3:00pm
SAN ANTONIO – Lionel Richie doesn’t do encores. But he does make generations of women swoon. Several minutes after the pop superstar, activist and award-winning songwriter closed his sold-out concert Thursday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts -- and even after the lights went up -- several hundred ardent fans kept clapping and whopping it up. Maybe it’s because he closed with “All Night Long.” Richie was the star attraction at the Tobin Center’s second annual benefit concert. Last year, it was Sir Paul McCartney.

San Antonio earns a spot on Huffington Post’s short list of “Secretly Cool Cities”

10/20/2015 - 11:00am

Writer and humorist Will Rogers once proclaimed that San Antonio was “one of the three unique cities of America,” and now, some 90 years later, a national publication launched by media icon Arianna Huffington has given the Alamo City more contemporary praise. The Huffington Post has identified San Antonio as one of America’s five “Secretly Cool Cities.” San Antonio ranks No. 3 on the cool cities list.