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The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts began its festive announcement of the 2021-22 season with a dramatic video that began with the words “400 days ago the art world went dark”.

What followed was a triumphant statement of the nonprofit arts center’s resilience, centered on the innovative flexible seating technology that enabled socially distant viewers to enjoy the Tobin program as early as June 2020, and then to date with 23 shows as regular continued as possible. virtual events and Generation Next educational events this reached over 15,000 local students.

“Your Tobin team has not been idle,” President and CEO Michael Fresher announced to the crowd of 200 subscribers, members, donors and media representatives who gathered in the HEB Performance Hall on Tuesday evening.

“The measures we took allowed the Tobin Center to stay active as over 80% of US theaters closed their doors,” he said.

The Tobin Center has booked nearly 100 events by the end of 2021, said Aaron Zimmerman, vice president of programming, and he expected two to four new shows to be announced each week for the foreseeable future as the entertainment industry re-prepares for live touring. Entertainment.

The 2021-22 season is focused on National Geographic Live! In the fourth year, the popular series will visit San Antonio. This time the coveted photographer Annie Griffiths will lead the four-part series on November 21st with “Photography without Borders”. Explorer Bob Poole will follow on January 30th with “Nature Roars Back”, and Ancient Egypt will perform on March 27th with “When Women Ruled the World”. Nizar Ibrahim will conclude the series on June 12th with an animated look at the Spinosaurus, the “lost giant of the Cretaceous” and the largest of all carnivorous dinosaurs.

April Ancira announces the four National Geographic Live! Events taking place at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts during the 2021-2022 season. Ancira Auto Group is one of the sponsors of the series, which includes Annie Griffiths, one of the first female photographers to work with National Geographic. Photo credit: Bria Woods / San Antonio Report

Jack Freeman, vice president of facilities and operations and an obvious crowd pleaser, introduced the annual Signature Series with a humorous video.

Dressed in various costumes, Freeman announced the four events that begin with Cirque Musica arriving on December 29 with its Holiday Spectacular featuring acrobatic feats based on the season’s musical favorites. The 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman will come to life in musical form on March 20th, and classic Broadway favorite South Pacific will stage its hit “Some Enchanted Evening” on April 9th. The Signature Series ends on June 18th. 19 with a visit to the nationwide phenomenon Blue Man Group.

Fresher pointed out that any member who is also a subscriber to these featured series events will receive a subscription fee waiver and free parking for those events. “These benefits alone are almost enough to pay for the rest of the membership,” he said.

Following the main announcements, Zimmerman pointed out that several shows are already booked and selling well, notably the Gabriel Iglesias “Here Comes Fluffy” tour, which has added several shows to keep up with ticket demand. The four-week run begins on June 23rd and ends on July 17th. Two final performances are being recorded for a Netflix comedy special.

Flashy rock guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will inaugurate the official end of all security restrictions at the Tobin Center with a show on August 1st.

Other events include jazz artist Herbie Hancock on September 14th, proxy attorney Stacey Abrams on September 20th, rough-hewn comedians The Jerky Boys on September 22nd, guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela on September 28th, and the game show The Price Is Right Live 10-11 October and backcountry comedian Ginger Billy October 28th.

Fresher said Zimmerman faced a “massive challenge” months ago with most acts “canceling, postponing, moving” [dates]“Thanks to their workplaces across the country, almost 30 acts could be booked Tobin Entertainment, the centre’s subsidiary book agency.

“We’re way ahead of everyone out there,” Fresher said.

Tickets for all performances and events at the Tobin Center, including seasonal subscriptions, are available online Box office or by phone at 210-223-8624. Information on memberships starting at $ 150 per year is available Here.