Tobin Center

Libby Day

Fall season for Youth Orchestras of San Antonio opens this week. Music Director Troy Peters told us that the program he has planned has a lot to do with the Tobin Center itself, where it’s happening on Sunday.

“It’s an amazing place to make a big sound. We’re going to play Saint Saens’ organ symphony.  It’s a spectacular piece. It blows the roof off the place.”

To do so they’ll use the Tobin’s little-known in-house organ. It's a great big thing that is mostly kept far below the stage, but to bring out and set up, takes several stage hands hours to execute.

Siggi Ragnar

It’s coming up on a year since the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened. It was a highly anticipated element in San Antonio’s positioning of itself as a city on the rise. And the city's residents seem to have embraced it in that first year.

Julya Jara

Attic Rep is staging a very unusual production starting next week. I spoke to its Director.

“I am Roberto Prestogiacomo and I am the Producing Artistic Director of Attic Rep.”

 Attic Rep is the resident theatrical organization at the Tobin. This production is called From the Mahabharata—The Great Dance-Off. What makes this production unusual is…well, just about everything. Its source idea begins with the Mahabharata, which he describes this way.

Prairie Home Companion

After 40 years of doing his program, he’s become, kind of, the grand old man of public radio. Meet Garrison Keillor, the person behind the legend. TPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan reached him by phone Friday.

Prairie Home Companion is a public radio staple. But it sure didn’t start out as the powerhouse it now is.

“No, it was just, just having fun with radio. I had put in my time doing news and announcing classical music.”

Keillor started his broadcast career at Minnesota Public Radio.

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened to the public Thursday. People pushed vacuums, roaring over the new carpets as I entered the H-E-B Performance Hall. I spoke to San Antonio Symphony General Manager David Gross.

“All right, it’s come down to this, what do you think?” I said.

“We're very, very excited," Gross replied. "This is a game-changing moment for the arts in San Antonio.”

The McNay Museum’s William Chiego agreed.

“The colors and the shape and the amount of space is just beautiful,” Chiego said.