In Wednesday’s (6/30) San Antonio Express-News, Jennifer Hiller writes, “Municipal Auditorium will have a new name—the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts—in honor of a local family known for its arts philanthropy and the result of what’s believed to be the largest single arts-related donation in San Antonio history. The Tobin Endowment will commit $15 million to the effort to transform the underutilized but beloved auditorium into an acoustically appropriate home for the symphony, opera and ballet companies. … The $15 million comes in the form of a challenge grant. … Plans include an exterior restoration that would leave the iconic facade in place, along with an interior redo that would divide the building into a series of smaller halls that could host anything from a rock concert to an opera or local theater production. An education facility will offer students everything from workshops to symphony performances.” Municipal Auditorium is one of the San Antonio Symphony’s main performance venues.
Posted June 30, 2010