(San Antonio, TX) For the first time in over two years, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will welcome area students back for a live, in person field trip performance. On Thursday, May 18 more than 1400 students will fill the H-E-B Performance Hall for Black Violin: Violin Impossible.
“Nothing compares to the excitement of experiencing a performance live, says Dr. Kimberly Stephenson, Director of The Tobin Center’s education initiatives, GenerationNEXT. “Being part of a live audience, the authentic and spontaneous responses of others around you, the sound of music in an acoustically designed building, is something these students have been waiting for in this post-Covid time.”
Over 70 local schools will experience the eclectic mix of classical music, hip-hop, jazz and pop thanks to the GenerationNext Education Initiative.
“The response for this event has been overwhelming. This field trip will potentially be one of the largest audiences the Tobin Center has had since we reopened,” continues Dr. Stephenson. “We can’t wait to see and hear the students engaging with Black Violin, dancing in the hall, cheering – live – to powerful messages of opportunity and strength at the Tobin Center.”
Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom,” to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.
The group advocates for educational outreach and in the past 12 months have performed for over 100,000 students in the US and Europe. Black Violin’s Impossible Tour will spread the message that anything is possible and there are no limits to what one can achieve, regardless of circumstance.
For more information on field trips and GenerationNEXT at The Tobin Center, please visit tobincenter.org/education.
Tickets to the public evening performance of Black Violin: Violin Impossible on May 18 are on sale now and can be purchased at tobincenter.org, via phone (210) 223-8624, or in-person at the Tobin Center Box Office (100 Auditorium Circle, 78205). Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 10a-6pm and Saturday, 10a-2pm.
ABOUT THE TOBIN CENTER’S ARTS EDUCATION INITIATIVES
Educational programing is a fundamental part of The Tobin Center’s mission, with a focus on strengthening arts education in schools. The Tobin Center opened on September 4th, 2014 with an immediate emphasis on education. During its inaugural 2014-15 season, The Tobin Center presented 73 student/family events with a total of 47,000 participants. Of these participants, 37,000 were students from local school districts who attended free of charge.
In 2015, with the establishment of GenerationNEXT, The Tobin Center’s education initiatives program, leadership began reaching out to local school districts to garner an understanding of their needs in arts education. Through an affiliation with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program and North East Independent School District (NEISD) the Tobin Center began providing arts focused teacher training opportunities, introducing arts integration to classrooms across the district. In 2020, GenNEXT became a National Affiliate of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning, bringing in strong Arts Integration education for Early Childhood.
The Tobin Center is deeply committed to providing the community with access to professional arts and offering high-quality arts education opportunities. Powerful Art. Powerful Education, Excellence in Both.