duoJalal

duoJalal

Appearing on Main Stage during Arabian Nights, December 12, 2010 Acclaimed chamber musicians, violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick perform together as duoJalal, dazzling audiences around the world with their artistry and synergy. duoJalal explores musical traditions that cross the globe and weave classical and world musics with western chamber music sensibility. This remarkable blend of melody and rhythm creates a musical conversation between viola and sounds of the durbakeh (goblet drum) and riq (tambourine) from the Middle East, the West African djembe, and numerous frame drums from around the globe. duoJalal’s name...

My friend Lilya

My friend Lilya

“… An’  I am in Texas until the 13th, call me…what’s up?” It was a message from Lilya Zilberstein, who is currently teaching and performing at Texas Christian University International Piano Academy and Festival in Fort Worth. In 1984, I became a student of piano performance and pedagogy at the prestigious Gnessin’s State Musical College in Moscow, It was an exciting time to be there because we were among the best pianists in the country. All of us were trying to break into the larger performing arts world. We practiced 4-6 hours a day and, of course, partied like you would expect kids in our early twenties to do. A few years...

Copenhagen Story or  “The Northern Goddesses”

Copenhagen Story or “The Northern Goddesses”

Have you ever seen Northern Goddesses up close and personal? Tall, blonde, beautiful, and if that wasn’t enough … very talented sopranos? About one month ago, through a mutual friend, I was approached by Jens Hansen owner of Copenhagen Furniture in San Antonio. “HELP” he said, “The Nordic Singers are on a tour in the United States and I want to present them in San Antonio.” WOW! Singers from the Denmark Opera House are falling into my lap … so I decided to present them. Gabriella Franco of the Mexican Cultural Institute, as always, kindly opened the doors to their hospitable auditorium. Giovanni agreed to cater and Nancy...

Edwin Colon Zayas

Edwin Colon Zayas

Appearing on Main Stage during Baroque Opera with Salsa Sauce October 3, 2010 and with Kids to Concerts the following week Edwin Colón Zayas is known internationally as the master of the cuatro, the national instrument of Puerto Rico. The cuatro, shaped like a small guitar with five double-coursed strings, became the preferred instrument for performing música jíbara (music of the peasants), heard in the small central-island towns of Puerto Rico. Colón Zayas began playing cuatro at the age of five, learning from his father. He in turn tutored his brother and two sisters in several jíbaro instruments, and they often join him in his group...

Mercury Baroque

Mercury Baroque

Appearing on Main Stage during Baroque Opera with Salsa Sauce October 3, 2010 Based in Houston TX, Mercury Baroque’s participating musicians play authentic period music on historically appropriate instruments. Mercury Baroque’s highly imaginative programming includes both concerts and fully-staged operas. Mercury will reprise its last season’s ground-breaking Houston production of Lully’s opera Armide with 5 performances in Paris in September, 2010 immediately preceding performance of “La Serva Padrona” for us. Mercury has an educational outreach program that includes classroom music education in under-served elementary...

MBAW Board and Staff

MBAW Board and Staff

Special thanks go to the members of our Board of Directors: Eric Miller, MD, PresidentRichardson B. Gill, PhD, SecretarySujata Venkateswar, CPA, TreasurerYurii D. Borshch, MDJudy CrabbAdriana FloresSusan C. FranklinCaleb GonzalezVeronika LiskovaPaul MartinAwilda I. Ramos, MDReema Shroff, JDStan Zebrowski, MD Eric Miller, MD – PresidentDr. Miller is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and founded the Central Texas Pain Center in 2004 in New Braunfels, TX. His practice now has over 7000 patients. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College in 1995 and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. He...

Mark Cheikhet

Mark Cheikhet

Appearing on Main Stage during Arabian Nights, December 12, 2010 and during Kids to Concerts Mark Cheikhet, Violinist, was born in 1973 into a family of two professional violinists. Mark’s father played in the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for over 40 years and his mother was one of the leading violin teachers in Moscow. Mark began his music education at the age of 5 in a school for gifted children in Moscow, Russia. By the end of his schooling, he had become the concertmaster of its orchestra. In 1991, Mark was offered a full scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX, where he became the concertmaster of the...

Nordic Singers Live – June 16, 2010

Nordic Singers Live – June 16, 2010

The Nordic Singers In Concert Live North America 2010 tour came to San Antonio. Our friends at Instituto Cultural de Mexico allowed MBAW to use their acoustically superior auditorium in Hemisfair Park to present this one-night-only event, sponsored by Copenhagen Contemporary Furniture, Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Yellow Rose Bed & Breakfast, and YouandIFinancial. Where: Mexican Cultural Institute, 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way When: June 16, 2010, 7 PM The Program: Act I: Arias and Duets from La Bohëme, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, and Carmen Act II: Songs from the Nordic countries, Musicals & Operettas About The Nordic Singers Knud...

Barynya

Barynya

Appearing on the Main Stage during Tchaikovsky Birthday Bash, May 8, 2011 and for Kids to Concerts the following week Ensemble Barynya — Russian music, dance and song Mikhail Victorovich Smirnov is Artistic Director and Founder of Ensemble Barynya, based in New York City, and owner of Barynya Entertainment, the largest Russian talent booking agency outside of Russia. Born in Moscow in 1966, Mikhail has been performing Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years. As a child, he was a member of the famous “Moscow Boys Chorus,” one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail...

Israeli Chamber Project

Israeli Chamber Project

Appearing on Main Stage during Israeli Chamber Project, January 23, 2011 Musical Bridges is delighted to introduce San Antonio audiences to The Israeli Chamber Project, based both in New York and Israel. Together these fine young Israeli musicians perform both classic and rarely heard chamber masterworks side by side with new music by promising Israeli composers. To increase the audience’s understanding and involvement, these musicians provide insights from the stage as part of each performance. They use the power of music to heal and to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries; reach out to underprivileged Israeli communities by...