Arts & Culture

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The Tobin Collection: The Americans

May 1, 2015
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin. TL1999.247.6

Eclectic might be one way to describe Robert Tobin's taste in art. There seems to be no prejudice in his collection of theatre art and no stifling specialization. This is not to say that the collection is without holes in it. As Linda Hardberger, the first curator of The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, points out, there is little, if anything, from Africa. Latin America is also under-represented.

Jim Callaghan

The weekend’s  weather is going to be great to get out and do all kinds of activities. Here's a snapshot of a few things you might want to check out. First off, for young families, the Magik Theatre presents A Night in Old New Orleans.

“A little bit of fantasy, a little bit of science fiction and a whole lot of music.”

That's the Magik Theatre’s Beth Graham. The play’s origin is the very popular Magic Treehouse book series.

“One of the composers is Allen Toussaint, who was one of the composers of Ain’t Misbehavin', a Broadway show.”

Soul Singer Ben E. King, best known for his hit "Stand By Me," has died, his publicist says. He was 76.

Phil Brown, the publicist, says King died Thursday of natural causes.

Born Sept. 28, 1938, in Henderson, N.C., King moved to Harlem, N.Y., at age 9, his biography says.

This weekend, San Antonio native Nancy Zhou returns to South Texas, and David Mairs, the music director of the Mid-Texas Symphony, couldn’t be happier about it.

“Am I blessed, or what?” he exclaims with a smile.

Zhou began studying violin at an early age under her father, Long Zhou. After graduating from Keystone School, she continued her studies at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. Now 22, her concert appearances have taken her around the globe, but she’s not jaded. Mairs says that’s something he has enjoyed when working with younger performers.

“With young soloists, it’s rare to see anybody young who’s doing well come in with that attitude of, ‘Well, this is my 52nd Tchaikovsky violin concerto. I’ll do it, where’s the check?’ There’s a freshness [with young performers]. Everybody benefits from that!”

Mairs has enjoyed a long relationship with Zhou, dating back to when she was an eight-year-old violinist with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.

“She could play well, but she had the attention span sometimes… of an eight-year old!” he recalls.

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An annual event at San Antonio College is noteworthy for its music, but also a lot more. First off, it’s got an interesting name. Fredstock.

“Fredstock is a music festival that we throw each spring.”

Donnie Meals is the Music Business Program Coordinator at San Antonio College. And unlike other music fests, this one is actually a college course. Here’s what students are expected to do.