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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.