Welcome to Musical Bridges Around the World's 17th season!
We are moving to the Tobin! It has been a tremendous journey to arrive at this significant point in our history! MBAW enters its 17th season with great creative spirit, a new office and art gallery to call home, expansion of our educational outreach to 50 programs per year, an international music festival, and a year full of spectacular musical projects FREE and open to ALL!
In May 2015 the MBAW International Music Festival is moving to the new, sensational Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. A variety of concerts between May 14 and May 24 will include one-of-a-kind cross-cultural offerings. Among others: Vijay Iyer - a brilliant Jazz pianist & the classical Brentano String Quartet; Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn Competition - Vadym Kholodenko and San Antonio’s favorite Silk Road Project members, Galician bag-piper Cristina Pato & Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh will be back for a double-bill show stopper!
We are visionaries of a perfect world. We build world peace one program at a time by producing unique, multicultural performances. We educate, entertain and develop new audiences. We put talented, creative faces on tragic international news. We break stereotypes, we start conversations, we open people’s eyes and minds. We believe that exposure to the world cultures will change perceptions. Music enriches our lives by bringing us closer together while celebrating our cultural diversity. Our International Music Festival is living proof that all cultures can live in peace. We hope you will join us to experience our next International Music Festival!
Our Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral presents five outstanding international performances by eminent artists from all over the globe, including a sizzling virtuoso quintet - the Habaneros direct from Havana and Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan with Houston Grand Opera soprano Pureum Jo. The Austin Troubadours will take us back to the Renaissance. The season’s grand finale will tantalize with an all-women’s Metropolitan Klezmer sextet singing spirited folk songs from a soulful Jewish tradition. These enchanting performances will continue to attract tourists and residents to our nation’s oldest, active cathedral on Main Plaza - all completely free of charge!
MBAW’s educational outreach program Kids to Concerts is expanding and transforming. This season we plan to offer 50 in-school performances introducing area students to cultures with vibrant concerts accompanied by STEM focused lesson plans and online evaluations. We strive to ensure that San Antonio youth, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances, are exposed to world music and culture. Our engaging educational performances provide teachers with the tools to integrate their curriculums, bringing music of the world directly into classrooms, at no charge to the schools visited.
We continue our Musica Viva! salon series for members in alluring residences around San Antonio. This year for the first time we marry music with the visual arts presenting concerts in select locations that will inspire and surprise our patrons! Musical Bridges members at the $1,000+ level are invited to enjoy intimate performances and mingle with world-renown 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! Become a member of Musical Bridges and help us realize this vision as we metamorphose San Antonio into a world-class music and arts hub. Your contribution at any level makes an incredible difference.
MBAW is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving nearly 60,000 people a year. It is only with your support that we are able to offer the San Antonio community free, live entertainment of the highest caliber. 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, DMA
Artistic Director & CEO