Las Amigas Holiday Party


Last Thursday Musical Bridges Art Gallery was the site of its very first private luncheon hosted by San Antonio womens group -- Las Amigas.  Approximately 30 guests gathered in the MBAW gallery adorned with pointsettas and christmas trees; enjoying photography, art, and the company of their friends.

Several months ago Las Amigas members asked MBAW Artistic Director Dr. Anya Grokhovski to speak in front of the group about her life, experience and the history of MBAW.  Anya decided to surprise the group of 30 guests with a 30-minute piano for four hands program with fellow pianist Alena Gorina.


The group received the performance well -- offering thanks by means of an enthusiastic standing ovation for the Duo when they finished their last piece.

A luncheon followed the performance catered by FrankieB's Bakery.  A delicious spread of salad, roasted vegetables, manicotti, and other hot dishes were served along with miniature desserts -- enjoyed by all.

Musical Bridges would like to give a special thanks to Ann McMullan for coordinating the event and for bringing her friends to see our gallery!

"Walk in US, Talk on Japan" Delegation Attends San Fernando Concert

Anya and Suhail from Musical Bridges, our guest artists Alessandro Deljavan from Italy and Pureum Jo from South Korea, had the great honor of meeting the “Walk in US, Talk on Japan” delegation after the San Fernando concert this past Sunday. We were very pleased they took time out of their busy schedule to attend our concert.


Delegation members included:
Mr. Ken Shimanouchi Former Japanese Ambassador to Spain and Brazil,
Mr. Keijiro Hata Lieutenant General (Retired), Japan Air-Defence Force,
Ms. Yoko Chivers Vice President, Growth Industry Cluster Dep., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Mr. Yohei Komatsuzaki, Law student and Chair of 66th Japan-America Student Conference.

Representatives from the Consulate General of Japan at Houston:
Mr. Atsushi Iwasaki, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Japan at Houston
Mr. Yuki Ochiai, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Japan at Houston

The meeting was facilitated by:
Mr. Minami Maeda Researcher on Public Affairs, Office of Global Communications, Prime Minister’s Office
Mr. Sho Ikegami,Consultant, Dentsu Public Relations Inc.
Mr. Timothy Copper, Consultant, Dentsu Public Relations Inc.
Ms. Ikuko Abe, JTB International Inc.

Anya also had the special honor of receiving a wonderful gift on behalf of Musical Bridges from Mr. Komatsuzaki


Musical Bridges Transforms San Antonio

From The Rivard Report, 3 November 2014
By:  Rudy Arispe

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While teaching piano at college and performing as a concert pianist in her native Moscow, Anya Grokhovski still found time to gather at friends' homes to perform, sing, and celebrate with good food and drink.

When she and her first husband arrived in San Antonio in 1991 for teaching positions at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Grokhovski continued that musical tradition with new friends.  It was through these small, festive gatherings that the seeds were planted for Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) after a group of music lovers, mostly physicians, helped raise funds to get the organization off the ground. 

"I had no ambition of ever starting a nonprofit.  I didn't even know they existed," said Grokhovski, artistic director and CEO.  "I left Russia when it was still the Soviet Union, which was not an enterprising country at all."

MBAW recently kicked off its 17th season, and in conjunction, the board of directors has approved offering free admission to all public concerts, including its Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral and the International Music Festival, “Music Without Borders,” slated for next May, which will move to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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¡Viva Havana! Annual Gala with the Stars Heats up the Red Carpet

On September 26th MBAW's Third Annual Fundraiser & Gala with the Stars Viva Havana! was held downtown at the brand new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  Musical Bridges is pleased to report that the gala was a great success, with the goal to raise $150,000 toward Kids to Concerts!  
Gala Co-Chairs Dr. Eric Miller and Ms. Reema Shroff worked together with the committee to create a truly fabulous fundraiser and gala.  Dr. Miller's strong leadership combined with Ms. Shroff's discerning taste and creativity, along with the hard work and expertise of outstanding Gala Committee members and staff; Dr. Eric Miller, Susan Franklin, Adriana Flores, Dr. Yurii Borshch, Veronika Liskova, Summer Lyons, Dr. Stan Zebrowski, Guillermo Hoyos, Anya Grokhovski, Suhail Arastu, Diana Tatu and James Sanders all made this evening of Cuban Cuisine, Sultry Salsa and Cuba Libres a night to remember!

gala view2The night began as Cohiba & Mojito Level Sponsors enjoyed a VIP Champagne Reception in the exclusive Founders’ Lounge, while Cuba Libres and mouthwatering Empanadas floated through the Grand Lobby as patrons perused an array of irresistible Silent Auction Items.  Following the Reception, guests flowed into the Rotunda as performance stations appeared for dinner - a Mariquita display with Chimichurri Roasted Loin and Papas Rellenas delight! As appetites were satiated, Ladies & Gents filled their souls with Live Latin Tunes by Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz. As they entered HEB Performance Hall guests relished Dessert and Cafe Cubanos while our entertainment took to the stage with hot Rhumba & ChaChaCha, setting the dance floor on fire!  Guests joined the heat as the band played on accompanied by Cuban singer Noybel Gorgoy - shimmying and shaking the night away!

Musical Bridges would like to express our deepest gratitude to Drs. Eric and Michelle Miller of Central Texas Pain Center and Hunter's Creek Pharmacy for underwriting the gala and to all of our sponsors for making this evening a success!
We would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers including: Susan Smylie, Connie White, Amanda Silva, Clemence Le Saux, Annette Paulin, Anne & Patrick Toxey and Durriya Rampurawala.  We thank you for your hard work, time and dedication to our organization.
Another special thanks to Ocho Lounge at The Hotel Havana for donating the no-host after-party as Gentlemen lit up their Montecristos and Ladies sipped a Montserrat and regale with tales of recent revelry…
The Kids to Concerts series was developed as an outreach program for at-risk children in underprivileged schools in San Antonio. In a typical school we visit, 67% of students are defined as at risk of dropping out, and 83% are identified as economically disadvantaged. Kids to Concerts brings the rare, precious experience of live art, integrating music and dance, to San Antonio children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to enjoy a live experience of this unique caliber, at no charge to the schools visited. Due to popular demand we plan to visit up to 50 schools next year, impacting nearly 35,000 children.
See more of Ken Mahnke's gala photos HERE.