Kids to Concerts: India

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report its ninth successful segment of Kids to Concerts during the 18th season! This segment brought us to Huebner Elementary school on April 26, 2016.

Guest artists included: pianist Anil Srinivasan and Carnatic vocalist Sikkil "Charan" Gurucharan. MBAW's interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM curriculum-teaching the culture and geography of India through music.

About 1,000 children learned about rythm & sound, history, and ethnic instruments during the 40 minute program. They were singing and swaying the whole time!

MBAW would like to thank the Texas Commission on the Arts and District 9 Councilman Joe Krier for sponsoring this program at Huebner Elementary.

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Kids to Concerts: Japan

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report its eighth successful segment of Kids to Concerts during the 18th season! This segment brought us to five more San Antonio Elementary schools on April 11-12, 2016: Woodstone, Andrew Briscoe, Collins Garden, Neal and Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy.

Guest artists included: Japanese Koto and Shamisen player Sumie Kaneko, who has been recognized as a pioneer of uniquely chromatic instrumentation; Kaoru Watanabe, a New York based composer and musician who specializes in the Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums; and Taiko artist Kenny Endo. The trio are deeply rooted in Japanese tradition and are virtuosos in Western classical, jazz and world music. The program included selections of traditional Japanese music and it’s modern journey around the world.

Teachers and students praised the interactive program. One teacher at Woodstone Elementary said, “I wanted to tell you personally how much our students enjoyed the wonderful performance this morning. My students have been anticipating the arrival of your performers for the past week. They were delighted and in awe as they listened to the beautiful music of Japan this morning. Thank you and your benefactors for providing this program that allowed my students the opportunity they had this morning. Music is truly a universal language and thank you again for sharing this wonderful gift with my students. The concert is not something they will soon forget.” 

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MBAW would like to thank all of its generous sponsors for this program including: San Antonio City Council Project Funds, The Brown Foundation, Inc., HEB, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, Rackspace, San Antonio Area Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, 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.

MBAW's Journey to Japan

In the spirit of San Antonio's 300th birthday in 2018, Musical Bridges' Artistic Director Anya Grokhovski traveled all the way to Japan in search for guest artists.  The purpose for the two week trip was to get aquainted with Japanese culture and score some new and fabulous talent for the International Music Festival in 2018.

The centerpiece of the trip was Anya's meeting with city officials of Kumamoto - sister city of San Antonio to discuss possible artistic collaborations. Anya met with Japanese musicians everywhere she went and for the grand finale of her trip spent an unforgettable five hours in Tokyo's Kabuki Theater. We are expecting new Japanese-inspired programming to enlighten San Antonio soon!

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Kids to Concerts: Russia & Ukraine

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report its seventh successful segment of Kids to Concerts during the 18th season at no charge to the schools visited! On March 23-24, 2016 the Flying Balalaika Brothers visited six San Antonio Elementary schools: Larkspur, Kriewald Road, Regency Place, Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Bowden and Riverside Park.

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. The Q & A really showed how much this program impacts the minds of these students, they were so interested to learn about new cultures.

District 2 Councilman Allan E. Warrick II sponsored and attended the performance at Young Men's Leadership Academy. After the performance he asked the students if they think other schools should also have the opportunity to experience this program and they said "YES!"

One teacher from Regency Place Elementary said, “I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the presentation of the Flying Balalaika Brothers. I have to admit in all the years I have been here at Regency (nearly 30) this was the most informative presentation about country, culture and the manner of which other children enjoy listening to music.  This was a WOW moment: real live EDUCATION.”

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

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

Flying Balalaika Brothers Visit Alicia Trevino López One-Stop Center

Well Med 1Musical Bridges Around the World provided another free 40 minute concert of its retirement community outreach program, Golden Age to the Alicia Trevino López Senior One-Stop Center on March 24, 2016.

Russian Folk Group the Flying Balalaika Brothers brought their uplifting performance to the center and the residents were invigorated! Before the first song was over, the space in front of the musicians was filled with residents dancing along with the music. It didn't stop there…the space was filled with dancers during the entire 40 minute performance. Many residents asked for MBAW’s contact information to put themselves on the wait list for future offerings.

A special thanks to WellMed Charitable Foundation for inviting us to one of their beautiful senior centers! 

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.

MBAW Brings Russian Culture to Haven for Hope

Musical Bridges Around the World partnered with Haven for Hope on March 23, 2016, providing a free one hour concert for their community.

Russian Folk Group the Flying Balalaika Brothers brought their uplifting performance to the dining hall during dinner hour. Hundreds of people were present for the performance and sang along with many of the melodies played by the musicians.

Haven for Hope’s mission is to offer a place of hope and new beginnings. They do this by providing, coordinating and delivering an efficient system of care for people experiencing homelessness in Bear County. We thank them for inviting us to their facility to spread joy through the universal language of music.

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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.

Kids to Concerts: Flying Balalaika Brothers

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report another successful segment of Kids to Concerts during the 18th season at no charge to the schools visited! On February 22-23, 2016 the Flying Balalaika Brothers visited six San Antonio Elementary schools: Forbes, Rayburn, Howsman, George E. Kelley, Myers and Freedom.

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 as well. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to interact with the artists and ask questions. The Q & A really showed how much this program impacts the minds of these students, they were so interested to learn about new cultures.

Both students and teachers praised the program. Howsman Elementary teacher said, “Thank you so much for coming to our school! The students loved it!” Rayburn Elementary Fine Arts teacher said, “Thank you for contacting me,  the experience was amazing!”

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

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report another successful segment of Kids to Concerts during the 18th season at no charge to the schools visited! On February 18-19, 2016 Barynya visited five San Antonio Elementary schools: Bulverde Creek, Herff, Riverside Park, Northern Hills and Raba.

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

About 4,000 children learned about rhythm & sound, dance, history, ethnic instruments, traditional clothing and Russian language during the 40 minute program.

Each program included an interactive dance where students were selected to join the performers on stage and learn traditional dance steps! The program concluded with a Q & A as well. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to interact with the artists and ask questions. The students were so excited to ask questions and learn more about Russia.

Teachers have been spreading the word with their colleagues about Kids to Concerts. Bulverde Creek teacher emailed her peers saying, “Good afternoon! I just wanted to let you know about a fantastic performance opportunity that could be happening at your school this month!  Musical Bridges brought a Russian dance group to our school a few weeks ago, and the performance was PHENOMINAL!  The kids loved it, and they were really educational as well—and free!  I highly recommend you have them come to perform.”

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 MBAW would like to thank all of its generous sponsors for this program including: San Antonio City Council Project Funds, the Texas Commission on the Arts, The Brown Foundation, Inc., HEB, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, Rackspace, San Antonio Area Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For details on how to bring the Kids to Concerts program to your school please contact Diana Tatu by clicking HERE.