Tobin Center

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.

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts continues to roll out events. At mid-month it’s featuring Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Here’s YOSA’s Music Director Troy Peters with the program's layout.

“A performance of "Peter and the Wolf," featuring YOSA and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. And we’ll surround that beloved family classic with a bunch of music exploring the cultural heritage of San Antonio,” he said.

Peters explained the reason for the wide program schedule in addition to "Peter and the Wolf."

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