Tobin Center

Alexander Devora

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens Thursday night. Last Thursday I watched the last pre-Tobin practice of Ballet San Antonio.

Dancers took it all in, clearly ready to make adjustments. Afterwards, I spoke to Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche and I asked how long it has been to get to this point.

“You know, we’ve been rehearsing for about five weeks: preparing the dancers, coaching them, getting them ready with choreography, and style, and those type of things," Zertuche said.

Alexander Devora

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in grand style next Thursday but this Thursday I spoke to to Sarah Pautz, principle dancer for Ballet San Antonio, who has a lot on the line that night.

As you’d expect, she’s a slight, delicate-looking person. But that look is deceptive. She’s muscular, determined and focused. The opening program on Thursday is a series of excerpts from popular productions, such as "Swan Lake."

Daniela Riojas

The Tobin Center’s River Walk Plaza will be opening with a bang. If you know Girl in a Coma, you know Nina Diaz. I spoke to her Friday afternoon.

“I’m excited to play. It’s coming up very, very soon,” she said.

Diaz is the 26-year-old lead singer/songwriter for Girl in A Coma, which despite its success is taking a little vacation currently. Diaz speaks of it carefully, and respectfully.

“It’s still a process, but we’re all mature women,” she said.

Her self-titled new band makes its electric San Antonio debut at the Tobin’s outside River Walk venue.

San Antonio Symphony

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens on September 4, and San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing described the new home for the symphony.

“I have to say it’s very chic. And it’s very stylish and modern, and yet amazingly intimate,” he said.

Lang-Lessing has been involved in the development in the Tobin for years. He said he thinks the Tobin will be the place for performing arts in the city, but he wanted to make this important distinction.

Still Life Photography

Ballet San Antonio’s production of "The Nutcracker" is still months away from its first performance, but here's something parents should note:

“This Saturday, August 23 we’ll have 'The Nutcracker' children’s auditions,” said Ballet San Antonio President Courtney Barker.

“Auditions will be held starting at 12 p.m. They’re going to be held at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, which is at 5200 Broadway," she said.

I noted to her that it has got to be a big deal for a young dancer to be a part of a large production like this.  

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