Thanks to Our Community Partners & Sponsors

Thanks to Our Community Partners & Sponsors

We are able to continue presenting our programs either free, or very affordably priced, thanks to the generosity of an idealistic group of people who go the extra mile because they believe in our mission.   MBAW Sponsors Braverman Family FoundationCarol Lee Klose and Carolyn A. SealeCowden Charitable FoundationCox Smith Matthews Inc.Jefferson A. Crabb Law OfficeManatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLPDr. Gustavo MedellinMarcia and Otto Koehler FoundationOpera Guild of San AntonioPasteur Medical Associates PaRussell Hill Rogers Fund for the ArtsStewart R. and Marianne C. Reuter FundTua Davis and Betty Sacks Foundation City of San Antonio City...

January 23 “Lilya Zilberstein and the Israeli Chamber Project”

January 23 “Lilya Zilberstein and the Israeli Chamber Project”

Sunday, 3:00 PM, McAllister Auditorium, on the campus of San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Plenty of free parking. Box Office opens 2:00 PM. Seating at 2:40 PM. World-famous concert pianist Lilya Zilberstein opens the program, performing Appasionata by Beethoven and Variations Brillantes by Chopin for us, before starring with the San Antonio Symphony the following weekend. Lilya will also present masterclasses at Trinity University and UTSA; all appearances are sponsored by Carol Lee Klose and Carolyn A. Seale. Then we are thrilled to introduce The Israeli Chamber Project to San Antonio audiences.  This group brings together the finest...

February 20 “The Nicholas Payton SeXXXtet”

February 20 “The Nicholas Payton SeXXXtet”

Sunday, 3:00 PM at McAllister Auditorium, on the campus of San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Plenty of free parking. Box Office opens 2:00 PM. Seating at 2:40 PM. Since 1994 when Nicholas Payton made his recording debut as a leader, the trumpeter has been lauded as a significant, top-tier voice in jazz. Even though he started out as a “young lion of jazz,” heralded as one of the new-generation guardians of the hard bop flame, Payton consistently committed himself to discovering his voice outside of the strict confines of that rearview mirror approach to the music. Payton was born into a musical family (he remembers sitting under the piano...

May 8 “Tchaikovsky Birthday Bash”

May 8 “Tchaikovsky Birthday Bash”

Sunday, 3:00 PM at McAllister Auditorium, on the campus of San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Plenty of free parking. Box Office opens 2:00 PM. Seating at 2:40 PM. As part of the city-wide celebration of Tchaikovsky’s 171st birth year, Musical Bridges presents Houston Grand Opera stars, singing a fabulous selection of this Russian Romantic composer’s arias. The celebration continues, featuring dancers from New York City, Russian-trained members of the popular folk ensemble...

October 3 “Baroque Opera With Salsa Sauce (Edwin Colon Zayas)”

October 3 “Baroque Opera With Salsa Sauce (Edwin Colon Zayas)”

Sunday, 3 PM at McAllister Auditorium, on the campus of San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Plenty of free parking. Box Office opens 2 PM. Seating at 2:40 PM Mercury Baroque, a chamber ensemble from Houston, performs the opera “La Serva Padrona” by Giovanni Pergolesi staged with period costumes and furniture. Then, Edwin Colon Zayas—National Endowment for the Arts award-winning master of the Puerto Rican cuatro national instrument—creates a fiery blend of native folk and dance music, and salsa with Sabor a Cultura, a group of musically-gifted youngsters from Cayey, Puerto...

December 12 “Arabian Nights”

December 12 “Arabian Nights”

Sunday, 3:00 PM at McAllister Auditorium, on the campus of San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Plenty of free parking. Box Office opens 2:00 PM. Seating at 2:40 PM Sounds of the Middle Eastern durbakeh (goblet drum) and riq (tambourine) blend with the West African djembe, numerous frame drums from around the globe and violin, cello, and viola to create a remarkable fusion of melody and rhythm. Cellist Wendy Warner of Chicago, pianist Irina Nuzova from the Ukraine (WarnerNuzova), Lebanese percussionist Yousif Sheronick and violist Kathryn Lockwood from Australia (duoJalal) and violinist Mark Cheikhet of Russia create a series...

The Puerto Rican Story

Developing a relationship with Latin America was a wish and one of the goals of the Musical Bridges Strategic Plan.  For many years I have been a great admirer of Latin music with its sophisticated rhythms and irresistible melodies. This music makes you dance no matter what your state of mind at the moment. Coming from Russia with a classical music academic background, I wasn’t familiar with the Puerto Rican culture, but in order to secure the highest quality of the performance, I needed to learn the culture and its historical and musical roots. Dr. Awilda Ramos–MBAW Board President and originally from Puerto Rico–flew...

Concert Schedule

Concert Schedule

Main Stage Concerts — 15th Season Oct 7, 2012, “Fusion of the Worlds” Dec 9, 2012, “Invocation” FRIDAY, Jan 18, 2013, “A Little Nightmare Music” Feb 24, 2013, “Musical Generations” May 19, 2013, “Russian Extravaganza with Barynya” Artists and programs are subject to change. Purchase Tickets Musica Viva — Parties with the Stars October 6, 2012: Celtic Queen November 17, 2012: French Impressions February 23, 2013: Piano Virtuoso Times 3 April 27, 2013: Fantasia for Cello May 18, 2013: Annual Gala: RUSSIAN PARTY! Artists and programs are subject to change. Become a Member Musical...

“Tales of the World” — Our 13th Season

“Tales of the World” — Our 13th Season

I am extremely excited to introduce Tales of the World, our 13th season. This one will sweep San Antonio audiences away with both the variety of musical genres and their world-class artistic quality. As an Artistic Director I feel like a little girl in a candy store while creating a special treat for audiences. I traveled to artist showcases in New York and all the way to Puerto Rico in a quest to find the best musicians. We will be presenting a unique blend of cultures, literally from all parts of the globe, in a most unconventional and fun way. We will start on October 3 with a daring mixture, Baroque Opera with Salsa Sauce. Our old...

About the Performers (2011-2012)

The City of San Antonio boasts an array of Texas’s most diverse artistic sensibilities, religious beliefs, and ethnicities. Anya Grokhovski, our Artistic Director, scours the planet to find musicians whose exceptional talent communicates the uniting spirit of all of our sensibilities, across the expanses of time and world geography. Yes, our concerts present some noted, “world-renowned” artists. But what makes for fame in today’s mass media is not necessarily a skilled performer on an instrument or voice—flash, glitz, even outrage is what attracts attention. The sizzle. So you have probably never heard of many of...

About the Performers (2012-2013)

About the Performers (2012-2013)

The City of San Antonio boasts an array of Texas’s most diverse artistic sensibilities, religious beliefs, and ethnicities. Anya Grokhovski, our Artistic Director, scours the planet to find musicians whose exceptional talent communicates the uniting spirit of all of our sensibilities, across the expanses of time and world geography. Yes, our concerts present some noted, “world-renowned” artists. But what makes for fame in today’s mass media is not necessarily a skilled performer on an instrument or voice—flash, glitz, even outrage is what attracts attention. The sizzle. So you have probably never heard of many of...

Welcome to Musical Bridges Around the World

MBAW enters its 17th season with great creative spirit, a new office and art gallery to call home, expansion of our educational outreach to 50 programs per year, an international music festival, and a year full of spectacular musical projects FREE and open to ALL! In May 2015 the MBAW International Music Festival presents a variety of concerts which will include one-of-akind cross-cultural offerings. Among others: Vijay Iyer – a brilliant Jazz pianist & the classical Brentano String Quartet; and San Antonio’s favorite Silk Road Project members, Galician bag-piper Cristina Pato & Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh will be back for...