Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Posted on September 11, 2015

By Dan R. Goddard

The 1920s Municipal Auditorium has been sumptuously transformed into a state-of-the-art entertainment complex with three performance spaces – the HEB Performance Hall, the Alvarez Family Studio Theater and the River Walk Plaza. Besides 10 resident artistic companies, the Tobin has been booking events for every conceivable taste, from rock concerts to Broadway musicals. 

“Our Opening Nights Celebration at the Tobin Center ran from September to mid- October,” Katy Silva, marketing coordinator, says. “During the Opening Nights Celebration our line-up featured our resident fine arts performing groups as well as a variety of musicals, dance, stand-up comedy, and concerts. Our goal is to have something for everyone.” 

During the 299 days from the Sept. 4 opening date to late June 2015 – the entire run of the Tobin’sinaugural season, had been booked for 370 “uses,” or 130 percent capacity. “We had all three performance spaces with events at the same time,” Silva says. “Each space is totally soundproofed so we can have multiple performances." 

Beginning with Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd on September 5, 2014, other headliners have included Vikki Carr with Mariachi Cobre, legendary comedian Bill Cosby, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix featuring Billy Cox and Buddy Guy, Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Art Garfunkel, Erasure, Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Williams, and Rock legend Paul McCartney who played a fund raising event to benefit the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on October 1. 

The San Antonio Symphony led by Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing kicked off its 75th anniversary season last September, performing with opera superstar soprano Renée Fleming in the HEB Performance Hall. The 8,200-square-foot concert hall has 1,759 plush built-in seats. And the first-in-the-nation $8 million Spiralift flooring system can be raised to accommodate 2,100 or set up with banquet-style seating for 720. 

The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio inaugurated the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater on Sept. 6 with “An Iberian Epic” conducted by...

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