Welcome Suhail Arastu, New Director of Development & Marketing

Muscial Bridges is excited to announce a new addition to our musical family!

After an extensive search conducted by the Board of Directors and CEO-Suhail Arastu was selected as Musical Bridges new Director of Development & Marketing.  Suhail's worldly experience and exceptional communication skills won over the selection committee!  Suhail joined MBAW's Board of Directors as a member in 2010 and became Vice President in 2013.  During this time he proved to be a brilliant developer.  Last month he resigned from the Board of Directors and stepped into the "crystal shoes" of Director of Development & Marketing.

Suhail Arastu was raised in San Antonio and completed his Bachelors of Arts & Science in Classics and Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley while competing in NCAA Gymnastics.  In Philadelphia he continued research and began graduate studies before realizing he needed a break from academia and moved to a small fishing village in Japan for what he likes to call his "time at Walden Pond."  After a year and a half of contemplation, deep sea fishing, hiking, skiing and teaching he began working in development, traveling the world by ship under the auspices of the United Nations Economic & Social Council.  In 2008 he returned to San Antonio to assist with the expansion of the family business-Alamo Gymnastics Center and Live Oak Allergy & Asthma Clinic.  He serves on the boards of San Antonio Museum of Arts, Mind and Science Foundation and Anuja San Antonio.  All of us in Musical Bridges are extremely excited to welcome Suhail as a member of our team and are looking forward to many years of exciting projects together!

Kids to Concerts-Spain!

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Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report another successful segment of our community outreach Kids to Concerts program at no charge to the schools visited!

Last Thursday & Friday Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirez of Entreflamenco Company visited 5 San Antonio schools:  Larkspur Elementary, Stone Oak Elementary, Madison Elementary, Scobee Elementary & Collins Garden Elementary.

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

About 2,500 children learned about flamenco, rythm & sound, history, ethnic instruments, and Spanish language during the 40 minute program.  

Antonio & Estefania brought three of their students from their Children's Flamenco Program to dance as well.  The students in the audience were very excited to see children their age performing on stage!

During each program, the artists selected about 20 students from the audience to join them on stage and learn the art of flamenco.  (Some of the teachers and principals joined them on stage as they wanted to learn too!)  By the end of the program, many of the students and teachers were cheering, "Ole!"

We are looking forward to our next segment with Sandeep Das from India on May 1st & 2nd!  For details on how to bring the Kids to Concerts program to your school please call Diana Tatu (210) 900-3081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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"Dream Worlds" by Tania Rachytskaya

Musical Bridges' Art Gallery hosted its third opening of the season on Saturday, April 5th.  The opening celebrated "Dream Worlds," the first US exhibit of internationally renowned batik, silk painter and shibori artist Tanya Rachytskaya.  The opening also served as the grand opening of Musical Bridges' expansion into the suite next door. 

A constant flow of over 100 guests moved throughout the newly renovated gallery-enjoying art, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz piano by Heinz Frommeyer.  Tania's artwork inspired an evening with many creative discussions and questions from guests.  

Many of Tania's pieces were sold-including her very popular hand-painted silk scarves and brooches.  Her exhibit at the Musical Bridges' Art Gallery will be available for viewing through June 5th.  To schedule a visit, please call (210) 464-1534.

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Kids to Concerts-Syria!

 

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report another successful segment of our community outreach Kids to Concerts program at no charge to the schools visited!  

Last Thursday and Friday Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and percussionist John Hadfield visited 5 San Antonio schools: Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy, Oak Meadow Elementary, Indian Creek Elementary, Kipp Un Mundo Dual Language Academy and Nimitz Middle School.

MBAW’s interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM curriculum-teaching Syrian culture and geography through music.  About 2,500 children learned about rhythm & sound, history, ethnic instruments & arabic language during the 40 minute program.  

Each program ended with a Q&A where the students were able to ask the musicians questions. Some of the questions were very interesting…(one little girl asked Syrian clarinetist Kinan if he was a snake charmer)!      

Musical Bridges would like to thank board members Caleb Gonzales and Awilda Ramos for investing an enormous amount of time and effort into these concerts.

We are looking forward to our next segment (Flamenco from Spain) on April 10th and 11th!  For details on how to bring the Kids to Concerts program to your school please call Diana Tatu (210) 900-3081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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