New Retirement Community Outreach Program

Duo Aleanya-Retirement2MBAW completed its first segment of a new retirement community outreach program, Golden Age 2014, funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts.  Duo AleAnya visited five different retirement communities on July 14th & 15th;  Wedgewood Luxury Senior Apartments, Golden Estates Rehabilitation Center, Madison Estates, The Towers on Park Lane & Adante Senior Living.  

Duo AleAnya brought their hour-long 4 hands program to each of the five 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 Duo's beautiful performance in the comfort their very own community.  

Musical Bridges is excited to be bringing The Flying Balalaikla Brothers to six retirement communities at the end of August as part of this program!  A special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts, Golden Manor Jewish Senior Services and Executive Director Daniel Laser for making The Golden Age 2014 concert series possible!

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.


Closing Reception of "Dream Worlds"

Musical Bridges' Art Gallery held its closing reception of Artist Tania Rachytskaya's "Dream Worlds" exhibit on Friday, July 11th.  "Dream Worlds," was the first US exhibit of internationally renowned batik, silk painter and shibori artist Tania Rachytskata and was featured in the Musical Bridges' Art Gallery since April 5th.  The exhibit drew a large following of art lovers over the last 3 months and many people now have her artwork in their very own home.

The closing attracted many guests, both newcomers and loyal Musical Bridges' followers; enjoying art, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.  Thank you Tania for sharing your beautiful artwork with us!

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 Paul Martin, proud owner of "Fish 2011" by Tania Rachytskaya

Premier Pain Consultants Jazz Party

PolinaSaturday, guests of Premier Pain Consultants of San Antonio enjoyed a luscious Jazz party at the home of its founders Dr. Dmitry and Polina Buyanov.  This party was purchased in May 2013 at the Annual Musical Bridges Gala With the Stars at the Saint Anthony's Hotel Grand Ball Room as a way to support Musical Bridges.  Seventy-five guests of Dmitry and Polina spent a fantastic evening with great food, wine, friends and Jazz by San Antonio legends Aaron and George Prado. Musical Bridges expresses its gratitude to Premier Pain Consultants and Drs. Dmitry and Polina Buyanov for their support.

MBAW Follows the Silk Road to New York

Musical Bridges Around the World's (MBAW) Artistic Director, Dr. Anya Grokhovski just returned from New York where she observed the Silk Road Project's community outreach educational program.

The purpose of this trip was for Anya to "learn the ropes" of a long term in-school, multi-cultural educational initiative.  This program has been in existance for many years and helped MBAW learn how to create a sustainable multi-cultural educational program in San Antonio Title One schools.  

MBAW has been working with individual musicians from the Silk Road Project for many years and it was wonderful to see them involved in this program in action.

Silk Road Project administrators Lori Taylor and Liz Keller-Tripp were very excited to have a visitor from Texas and proudly shared their fantastic achievement!  Anya joined the crowd of parents and went through the entire process as a participant in order to experience the project first hand.

 Cristina PatoSandeep Das and Shane Shanahan send their love to all of us in San Antonio and will be back for our International Music Festival at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in May 2015.  All of us at MBAW are extremely grateful to Silk Road Project administration and musicians for their hospitality!

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