Welcome to Musical Bridges Around the World's 16th season!
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It has been a tremendous journey to arrive at this significant point in our history! MBAW enters its 16th season in great creative spirit, with a new office space and art gallery to call home, the launching of a new international festival, expansion of our educational outreach, and a year full of spectacular musical projects!
MBAW embarks on a new adventure in the Spring of 2014 with Music Without Borders – our inaugural international music festival. We are expanding our mission of producing one-of-a kind multicultural performances in order to educate, entertain and develop new audiences to include contributing to world peace. Music is the universal language that bonds people through beauty. Music enriches our lives by bringing us closer together, while celebrating our cultural diversity. My heart fills with joy at the sight of Israeli & Palestinian youth playing together as Duo Amal, a part of Music Without Borders that will take place on the campus of Trinity University between February 22 and March 2, 2014.
We see the world through the news, most of which is terrible, and we are disconnected from other cultures by distance, misunderstanding and fear. Music transcends all of this and finds the common ground between all of us. We all laugh and cry, celebrate and mourn through music. Music Without Borders will be living proof that all cultures can live in peace, that music rooted in folk traditions of Middle Eastern countries like Syria, Israel, and Palestine can seamlessly intertwine with music rooted in Cuba, Spain, India, Russia, and the U.S. We hope you will join us to experience Music Without Borders!
Our first Judy and Jefferson Crabb Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral concert opens our 2013-2014 season with piano performance by the spectacular Dr. Mei Rui, with Houston Grand Opera baritone Octavio Moreno. We offer you four more outstanding chamber music performances by famous artists from all over the world, including the former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Cuban native Andrés Cárdenes, UT Austin professor and world famous concert pianist Anton Nel, Director of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and distinguished flutist Eugenia Zukerman, new member of Yo-Yo-Ma’s Silk Road Project and leading tabla player in the world Sandeep Das, and a fabulous clarinetist originally from Syria who now resides in New York, Kinan Azmeh. These concerts will continue to attract tourists and residents downtown to our nation’s oldest cathedral and Main Plaza, completely free of charge.
MBAW’s educational outreach program Kids to Concerts is expanding and transforming. This season we plan to offer 25 in-school performances introducing kids from the San Antonio area to African, Russian, Spanish Flamenco, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures through vibrant educational performances accompanied by STEM focused lesson plans and online evaluation. In addition to in-school performances we are introducing our first Kid’s World Music Festival as part of Music Without Borders, Tues. Feb 25 at Laurie Auditorium. We want to make sure that San Antonio youth, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances, get exposure to music and cultures of the world. Our engaging educational performances assist teachers with tools that connect teaching curriculum, bringing music of the world directly into classrooms, at no charge to the schools visited.
We continue our Musica Viva! salon concerts for members in spectacular residences around San Antonio – this year for the first time expanding to Gallery Nord and some other surprise locations as well! Musical Bridges members at the $1,000+ level are invited to enjoy personal performances and mingle with world famous artists. Proceeds from Musica Viva! support Kids to Concerts.
Together with our partner performing arts organizations, we are well on our way to making San Antonio a cosmopolitan cultural center! We want San Antonio to be known the world over for great music and arts. Become a member of Musical Bridges to support our dream! Whether you can give a little or a lot, please do give, as your generosity makes an unimaginable difference.
MBAW is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving nearly 30,000 people a year. It is only with your support that we are able to offer the San Antonio community such wonderful live entertainment. Thirty percent of our budget is funded by federal and private foundation grants and local corporate sponsorships. The other seventy percent comes from fundraisers, membership, ticket sales, and friends like you.
Thank you for your support! See you at the concerts!
Dr. Anya Grokhovski
Artistic Director & CEO