Welcome Vanessa Sanchez, New Development & Communications Assistant

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Musical Bridges is excited to announce a new addition to its musical family as of January 2015 -- Development and Communications Assistant, Vanessa M. Sanchez! Central Texas Pain Center has generously underwritten this position for MBAW.

Ms. Sanchez’s role will entail working with the Director of Development and Marketing to research grantmakers, apply for grants, write press releases, manage the social media accounts, among other related tasks. Her love and passion for music led her to volunteer for MBAW, where she met the team and later accepted her current job.

Ms. Sanchez is also a freelance Music journalist, recently covering Ringo Starr’s performance at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts. Click HERE to read her story. In her free time, Sanchez participates in the Texas A&M University Voices Choral Group.

Musical Bridges would like to thank Board President Dr. Eric Miller of Central Texas Pain Center for his inconceivable generosity.

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

Viva Havana Dancers

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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