Happy 1st Birthday to the Tobin Center for Performing Arts

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts turned a year old today.  In honor of the milestone, this past Sunday (8/30/15), it hosted a free Open House to allow San Antonio to walk through all of its venues. We arrived on the scene at about 4:30 (due to dance practice for St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church’s 55th Annual Greek FUNstival.) Crowds were exiting the building with scrumptious-looking cupcakes in hand. There was a fairly long line at the box office waiting to purchase specially discounted tickets for upcoming events.  The best deal was 50% off John Secada (9/12/15) tickets. All performances were discounted at least 10% with no fees.  

Main Lobby

Main Lobby

We meandered around the crowd to the lobby where things were winding down.  

400 cupcakes gone in a flash!

400 cupcakes gone in a flash!

As you can see, we missed the cupcakes!

Sign reads, “Share in the sweetness of our first anniversary”

The cash bars were still open and bartenders were ready to serve.

Cash bar is OPEN!

Cash bar is OPEN!

The HEB Performance Hall was transformed into a “culture fair” with tables set up for each of the performance groups: San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, Opera San Antonio, AtticRep, The Children’s Fine Art Series, The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, San Antonio Chamber Choir, and SOLI Chamber Ensemble. Patrons were invited to sign-up to be on

Members of Ballet San Antonio

Members of Ballet San Antonio

the mailing lists of each performing entity. Cast members from Ballet San Antonio’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker were interacting with the crowd and graciously posing for photos.  Though we didn’t get to see him, we heard that Clifford the Big Red Dog also made an appearance!


Selfie from the Stage!

Being silly on stage!

Another fun experience was taking selfies from the stage to be entered for a chance to win a full year of Tobin tickets!



Selfie sticks were available on-stage to get the best angle. Having never been on a professional performance stage, I would have to say that this was the most fun for me!  I guess that’s pretty clear by all the photos we took! Why don’t I hear Broadway calling? Hahaha!

selfies from stage at tobin3

Selfie from the Stage!

selfies from stage at tobin2My daughter, however, is a natural and, in my opinion, destined to be in the spotlight! After three hours of dancing, she’s still looks great!

A glance at the lighting and sound board behind the curtain.

A glance at the lighting & sound board behind the curtain.

The last stop we made was the “instrument petting zoo,” located in the acoustic performance lounge where she played her infamous 20 notes of “We Three Kings.” What can I say?, her obsession with music peaked AFTER the hundreds of dollars I spent on lessons and her general disinterest in practicing! Now she wants to learn but the hundreds are gone! After two toddlers gave their performances for their parents’ cameras, she also held a trumpet. Even though it was wiped clean, she chose not to play it!

Fun fact about the acoustic performance rooms, except for the front facade of the building, they are the only rooms that remain from the original Municipal Theater.

Today on Facebook, the Tobin Center posted a request for patrons to comment on moments that “rocked” (us). Every show we have seen so far has been awesome! The sound is incredible and having sat in every section from the floor to the highest balcony, I can honestly say that there is NO bad seat in the house. By far the most memorable concert for us was Ringo Starr / Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.  Being in the same room as our favorite Beatle was a dream come true for Mom and daughter.  We were so happy, we both cried!! To read our review of this concert on Facebook, follow this link – https://www.facebook.com/ReviewsoftheArtsSA/posts/754744957924532.

Other fantastic events included: Matisyahu, The Pink Floyd Experience, Michael McDonald, Jeanne Robertson, Kathleen Madigan, Mixfest, featuring Nick Jonas, Arlo Guthrie, America’s Test Kitchen, Ballroom with a Twist official, and the Little River Band.

Happy Birthday Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  Thank you for fueling our love for the performing arts.  Looking forward to many more rockin’ moments! – BMT


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