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The Source: After A Year At The Tobin, How Are Tentpole Arts Organizations Doing?

Siggi Ragnar

While opera & ballet companies as well as symphonies struggled to maintain financial viability in other markets, San Antonio opened a new home for the city's arts organizations. 

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts turns one-year old this month. San Antonio's performing art and architectural gem provides a space for several organizations. What impact has the new institution had on the arts living under its roof? 

Both the Opera and the Ballet have have seen big changes this year. Opera San Antonio lost Tobias Picker from earlier in the year. Ballet San Antonio saw recent departure of President Courtney Barker and Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche. 

How are San Antonio's big three doing? Is San Antonio turning out for the wonderful presentations?


  • David Gross, San Antonio Symphony General Manager and executive consultant and spokesperson for Ballet San Antonio
  • Mel Weingart, board chairman and co-founder of Opera San Antonio
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