Duo AleAnya & Mark Cheikhet Visit 3 San Antonio Retirement Communities

Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) completed its fifth segment of retirement community outreach program, Golden Age, funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts.  Piano duo AleAnya and violinist Mark Cheikhet visited three different retirement communities on December 1, 2015; Waterford on Huebner, Towers on Park Lane and Adante Senior Living.

Duo AleAnya and Mark Cheikhet brought their hour-long program to three retirement communities.  They performed a variety of pieces including several Tchaikovsky favorites.  Some of the residents were brought to tears of joy as they listened to the beautiful performance in the comfort their very own community. A special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts, and all of the participating retirement communities for making this concert series a success!

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Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski (Duo AleAnya) are concert pianists with extensive concert experience as both soloists and chamber musicians who came together to share their love of piano repertory.  Their programming is greatly infludenced by their cultural and educational roots.  Alena was born, raised and educated in Belorussia (a former part of the Soviet Union) and Anya in Moscow, Russia.  Needless to say, Russian music takes a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya.  Both Alena and Anya hold Doctoral Degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow.  Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya Grokhovski is the Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World.

Violinist and visual artist Mark Cheikhet earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance from the Moscow Conservatory. He has performed extensively in the US, Europe and Russia as a soloist with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. Mark is bridging the worlds of classical music tradition and avant-garde art with constantly shifting modes that elevate the listener and viewer to new levels of artistic experience. A dynamic and compelling performer with “golden sound” in traditional works he is a fervent champion of 20th and 21st century composers with repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to John Corigliano and Giovanni Sollima. The “boutique concerts” alongside his own art exhibitions take a special place in Mark’s heart as they create a unique means to express his vision of the world.

"Fusion of the Arts" by Mark Cheikhet

Musical Bridges' Art Gallery hosted the second opening of its 18th season on Sunday, November 22, 2015. The opening celebrated “Fusion of the Arts,” by Russian violinist/artist Mark Cheikhet.

About 75 guests moved throughout the gallery-enjoying art, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a performance alongside pianist Anna Kakobyan.
Mark’s work and performance attracted many guests to the gallery, including old friends of Musical Bridges’ as he has a loyal following in the San Antonio community.

The exhibit “Fusion of the Arts” at Musical Bridges’ Art Gallery will be available for viewing through the new year. To schedule a visit, please call (210) 464-1534. 

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Kids to Concerts-Lebanon!

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report its third successful segment of Kids to Concerts during the 18th season! This segment brought us to six more San Antonio Elementary schools on Nov. 11-12, 2015: Eduardo Villarreal, Jr., Hidden Cove, Glenoaks, Colonies North, Woodlawn Hills & Hirsch.

Lebanese Percussionist Yousif Sheronick was joined by Indian Romani musician Oliver Rajamani for a program highlighting Lebanese culture. About 3,000 children learned about Lebanese & middle eastern culture, rhythm, sound, history, and language during the 40 minute program. Through music, the artists taught the students how to remember all of the countries in the Middle East. They sang a song together to the beat of the Darbouka, a traditional middle eastern drum. “Sy-ria, Le-ba-non, O-man…E-gypt, I-ran, I-raq…”

One school, Colonies North Elementary, took the artists by surprise. As Yousif was signing into the front office, he was shocked when the secretary told him there were more than 10 children named Yousif at the school. As a “Newcomer” school, the student body is extremely diverse with over 30 nations represented. Many of the students arrive to the school on their first day, without speaking any English. The teachers work with the students very closely to make sure that they are comfortable and able to assimilate into the classroom comfortably. While preparing her students for the performance, Colonies North music teacher Elsa Garcia emailed us, “My students are so excited especially my students from the middle east and India! You should have seen their faces--they loved hearing music like home.”

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MBAW would like to thank all of its generous sponsors for this program including: The Brown Foundation, Inc., HEB, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, Rackspace, San Antonio Area Foundation, City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development, National Endowment for the Arts, Valero Energy Corporation, Target, San Antonio City Council Project Funds and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For details on how to bring the Kids to Concerts program to your school please contact Diana Tatu by clicking HERE.

Kids to Concerts-Russia & Ukraine!

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On October 21-22, 2015, the Flying Balalaika Brothers from Austin visited 6 San Antonio elementary schools:  Elma A. Neal, Graebner, Huebner, Odgen, Riverside Park and Redland Oaks.

MBAW's interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM curriculum-teaching the culture and geography of Russia & Ukraine through music.

About 5,000 children learned about rhythm & sound, dance, history, ethnic instruments and Russian language during the 40 minute program.

Each program included an interactive dance where the entire school participated and counted in Russian! Each program concluded with a Q & A with the students. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to interact with the artists and ask questions like, “Do they drive cars in Russia?” The Q & A really showed how much this program impacts the minds of these students, they were so interested to learn about new cultures.

Riverside Park Elementary School Music Teacher, Mary Villarreal said that she has been teaching at her school for almost 30 years and the students have never had anything like this program. She said, “we are very excited for this opportunity, thank you for all you do to provide this for our students.”

MBAW would like to thank District 9 Councilman Joe Krier and District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher for generously sponsoring the program in their districts.

For details on how to bring the Kids to Concerts program to your school please contact Diana Tatu by clicking HERE.

 

 

MBAW Kicks Off 18th Season with Kids to Concerts!

MBAW kicked off its 18th season of KtC on September 23 & 24, 2015 by bringing Indian culture and music to six San Antonio Elementary schools: Cameron, Pershing, Wilson, Dorie Miller, Crockett and Beacon Hill.

Artists included Grammy-nominated slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, a native of Kolkata (Calcutta), India; younger brother of Debashish and leader of his generation of Indian percussionists - tablaist Subhasis Bhattacharya; and Sitarist, artist and educatior, Amie Maciszewski from Austin, TX.

About 5,000 children learned about Indian culture, rhythm, sound, history and language during the 40 minute interactive program. The students loved the program; many of them had never been exposed to Indian culture or music before.

Kay Piña, Music Teacher at Crockett Elementary said, “The students and staff are very excited about the concert. I'm not sure if you are aware, but our school has one of the lowest socioeconomic status in the district. This is an opportunity for our students that most would not experience if it wasn't for your program.  I look forward to continuing being able to work together.” Teacher from Wilson Elementary, Rachel Woodward said, “Thank you so much for the concert today! It was wonderful!”

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MBAW would like to thank all of its generous sponsors for this program including: The Brown Foundation, Inc., HEB, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, Rackspace, San Antonio Area Foundation, City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development, National Endowment for the Arts, Valero Energy Corporation, Target, San Antonio City Council Project Funds and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For details on how to bring the Kids to Concerts program to your school please contact Diana Tatu by clicking HERE.

 

 

"Land & Sea" by Robert Michaelson & Jim Sparkman

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A constant flow of over 100 guests moved throughout the gallery; enjoying photography, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz by the Cartwright/Oppenheim Quintet.  

Robert and Jim's work attracted many underwater enthusiasts & photography lovers that came to admire all of the colorful and enchanting photos.  

Musical Bridges' would like to give a special thanks to Fotoseptiembre Founder Michael Mehl and his wife Ann Kinser for letting us be a part of this year's festival.  

The exhibit at the Musical Bridges' Art Gallery will be available for viewing through November 20th.  To schedule a visit, please call (210) 464-1534.

Flying Balalaika Brothers Visit 5 San Antonio Retirement Communities

Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) completed its fourth segment of new retirement community outreach program, Golden Age, funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts.  The Flying Balalaika Brothers visited five different retirement communities on July 21 & 22, 2015; Madison Estates, Villa de San Antonio, Chandler Estate, The Waterford on Huber and Kendall House-Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers brought their 45 minute program to each of the five retirement communities; world fusion music sprinkled with the glitter of Russian fairy tales.  They performed a variety of pieces and visited with the residents.

A special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts, and all of the participating retirement communities for making this concert series a success!

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The original Flying Balalaika Brothers were formed in Los Angeles in 1995 by Zhenya Kolykhanov (a.k.a. Z Rock), the former lead guitarist of the Russian surf/rockabilly group Red Elvises.  The group started as a street band and later transformed into the group Red Elvises; which had a large history of performing for clubs, motion pictures, and tv shows in California.  After Zhenya set up shop in Austin, TX, he reestablished The Flying Balalaika Brothers.  The band represents a blend of traditional world music and original musical pieces.  The group has found a home in the musically rich culture in Austin, TX.

"Metamorphosis" by Kevork Mourad & Mahdi Vali

Musical Bridges' Art Gallery hosted its fourth opening of our 17th season on Saturday, May 30th. The opening celebrated “Metamorphosis,” the first combined exhibit of artists Kevork Mourad and Mahdi Vali (and the first US exhibit for Mahdi).

A constant flow of over 150 guests moved throughout the gallery-enjoying art, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz by Heinz Frommeyer.

Kevork and Mahdi’s work attracted many new guests to the gallery, expats from Syria and Iran; among others, passionate about their art and the message within.

The exhibit “Metamorphosis” at Musical Bridges’ Art Gallery will be available for viewing through June 19th. To schedule a visit, please call (210) 464-1534. 

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