¡Viva Havana! Musical Bridges Annual Gala

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2014 gala 155x105 tobin¡Viva Havana! An evening of Cuban Cuisine, Sultry Salsa and Cuba Libres! Join us at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts for a Gala with the Stars like you’ve never experienced before! Cohiba & Mojito Level Sponsors will enjoy a VIP Champagne Reception in the exclusive Founders’ Lounge, while Cuba Libres and mouthwatering Empanadas float through the Grand Lobby as patrons peruse an array of irresistible Silent Auction Items.


2014 gala 155x105 mojitosFollowing the Reception, guests will flow into the Rotundas as performance stations appear for dinner - a Mariquita display with Chimichurri Roasted Loin and Papas Rellenas delight! As appetites are satiated, Ladies & Gents will fill their souls with Live Latin Tunes as they enter HEB Performance Hall and relish Dessert and Cafe Cubano while our entertainment takes to the stage with hot Rhumba & ChaChaCha, setting the dance floor on fire!  Come prepared to join the heat as the band plays on - shimmy and shake the night away!

2014 gala 155x105 loungeThe no-host after-party moves next door to the Ocho Lounge at The Hotel Havana as Gentlemen light up their Montecristos and Ladies sip a Montserrat and regale with tales of recent revelry…




Cuban Chic or Cocktail Attire

6pm VIP Reception (Cohiba & Mojito Sponsors)
7pm Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction
8pm Performance Station Dinner
9pm Dessert, Coffee & Latin Dancing!

 Meet the Performers

Benefits the in-school outreach program Kids to Concerts

Homecoming Special Event

Come join us at Gallery Nord on December 15th at 3pm for this special homecoming concert featuring native Texans Christine Lamprea and Daniel Anastasio.  The concert is free with a suggested $25 tax-deductible donation at the door.


Pohadka ("Fairy Tale") -- Janacek Cello Sonata in C, op. 65 -- Britten I. Dialogo II. Scherzo- pizzicato III. Elegia IV. Marcia Cello Sonata in F major, op. 99 -- Brahms I. Allegro vivace II. Adagio affettuoso III. Allegro passionato IV. Allegro molto

Pohadka ("Fairy Tale")    -- Janacek

Cello Sonata in C, op. 65    -- Britten
I. Dialogo
II. Scherzo- pizzicato
III. Elegia
IV. Marcia

Cello Sonata in F major, op. 99   -- Brahms
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio affettuoso
III. Allegro passionato
IV. Allegro molto

ChristineLampreaChristine Lamprea

Noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea is a multi-faceted soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Lamprea is the First Prize winner of the XVI Annual Sphinx Competition (2013). She joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program, and as such will be presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition and, most recently, captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. She is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2013 National Auditions. Ms. Lamprea has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony and New Jersey Symphony, among others. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Allentown, Hilton Head, and Costa Rica National Symphonies. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Lamprea has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, the Beethovenhaus, the Kennedy Center, and the Metropolitan Museum. She has participated in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, Perlman Music Program, the Banff Centre, and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, performing alongside such esteemed musicians as Mark Hill, Maria Lambros, Nicholas Mann, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc. Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music as well as non-traditional venues for performance and teaching. She has worked with members of Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. She has premiered several works by composers at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Most recently, she was a member of a small ensemble that worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on avant-garde composer John Zorn’s game piece Cobra, for musical improvisers and prompter. A passionate teacher, Ms. Lamprea worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. She continued to pursue musical outreach as a Gluck Community Service Fellow at Juilliard, performing in hospitals and nursing homes in and around New York City as part of a mixed ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians. Ms. Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii.

Daniel AnastasioDaniel Anastasio

Daniel Anastasio, from San Antonio, TX, recently graduated from The Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree in piano performance, under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. He received his Bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University, where he double-majored in Music and Philosophy. At Cornell, he studied piano with Xak Bjerken and chamber music with Miri Yampolsky and violinist Joseph Lin. Throughout his earlier years growing up in San Antonio, Daniel benefited greatly from lessons with Rebecca Wilcox, who instilled in him a musical sensitivity and expressive freedom that has shaped his personality at the keyboard. Currently living in New York City, Daniel is privileged to be studying privately with renowned pianist and pedagogue Ann Schein. Daniel has attended many summer programs and festivals, including Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival, and Cornell University’s Mayfest. Last year he was a finalist in Juilliard’s piano concerto competition, and a recipient of the school’s Mieczyslaw Munz scholarship. This year, Daniel’s time is split between chamber music performances and recordings, recitals, concerto performances, and auditions for a Doctorate of Musical Arts, which he intends to pursue next year.



Musical Bridges Around the World collaborates with many performing arts, educational and visual arts institutions in order to make San Antonio the cosmopolitan, cultural center envisioned by Mayor Castro's SA2020 endeavor.  The mission of SA2020 is to catalyze the entire San Antonio community into passionate, focused, and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in eleven key vision areas.  Learn more about SA2020 by clicking here.

Here are the 2012-2013 season collaborations:

May 18, 2013: "Annual Gala: RUSSIAN PARTY!"

russian extravaganzaThis is a Musical Bridges Around the World Special Event

(not a collaboration)

Barynya, the Russian dancing ensemble from New York, will dazzle our imaginations with a lively and festive Gala performance. 

Live and Silent Auctions!

To be held at the historic St. Anthony Hotel in downtown. 

For tickets and table sponsorship information, please contact Sarah Bading or purchase tickets online here.





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May 18th, 2013: Russian Festival

Musical Bridges is collaborating with the McNay Museum on their Russian Festival, May 18th, 2013. We have sponsored three Russian costumes that are exhibited at the museum.  Barynya will dance in their Family Festival on Saturday, May 18th.



April 2, 2013: Organ Concert

In collaboration with the Alamo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in San Antonio and St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Musical Bridges will be hosting a unique performance centered on the sounds of the organ.

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church will present Svetlana Berrezhnaya, concert organist, in recital on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 pm in the church sanctuary.  She will play works by J.S. Bach, Couperin, Clerambault, Bedard and others.  This is a free concert.


Past Event: Feb 22, 2013 Symphony Fundraiser

In a collaboration between Musical Bridges and the San Antonio Symphony, Lilya Zilberstein and Duo Gerzenberg performed at a Symphony fundraiser on Friday February 22 at the home of Drs Kevin Hall and Josefine Heim-Hall


Past Event: January 20, 2013: “Brahms”

Gary Levinson
6:30 PM
 at the home of Sheila Swartzman and Kenneth Bloom

Musical Bridges sponsored the performance of these musicians as a part of the San Antonio Brahms Festival and as a fundraiser for the San Antonio Chamber Music Society


Gary Levinson on violin, Baya Kakouberi on piano, and Jeff Garza on horn, help us honor Brahms as part of the citywide Brahms Festival.

Brahms Violin Sonata op.108, No.2
Gary Levinson, violin and Baya Kakouberi, piano
Brahms Trio in E Flat Major, op.40 for Piano, Violin and Horn

For more information, please contact Anya Grokhovski.

Past Event: Dec 10, 2012 Master Class

In a collaboration between Musical Bridges and Northwest Vista College, Rez Ababasi gave a masterclass to the Jazz students at the college on December 10, 2012.


Past Event: November 3 2012: Diwali San Antonio

amiSangeet Millennium is proud to be the featured act in this award-winning Festival of Lights. Sponsored by Musical Bridges Around the World, they kick off the event at 4:45 on the main stage. Come and relish the sights, sounds, and tastes of India in a Texas-sized event!  Click here for more information about the Diwali festival.  Click here for more information about Sangeet Millennium. 

Hemisfair Park 200 South Alamo St. San Antonio TX, 78201