Sabor a Cultura

Sabor a Cultura

Sabor a Cultura is a musical group composed of talented young musicians from the Escuela de Bellas Artes Municipio Autonomo de Cayey, Puerto Rico. They have performed together since March 2010. Their ages range from 5 to 17 years. They are directed by Professor Kenneth Ortiz. Music they perform is Puertor Rican folkloric music, with cuatro, guitar, bongos and guiro. They have a marimba player, salsa dancers and trovadora. They have performed in towns, churches and local venues. This is their first international performance with Musical Bridges Around the World in San Antonio,...

Para Comprar Boletos

Para Comprar Boletos

Haga click en el enlace intitulado “Purchase Tickets” al fondo de cualquiera de las páginas que describen los conciertos que se llevaran a cabo en el “Main Stage,” por ejemplo, Oct. 3, “Baroque Opera with Salsa Sauce” (Edwin Colón Zayas). Esto lo llevará a una nueva página en la cual se describe ese concierto. Elija que clase de boleto desea comprar (adultos, menores, estudiante, etc., pero solamente puede escoger una clase a la vez). Indique cuantos boletos de ese tipo desea comprar. Haga click en “Add to Bag.” Si desea comprar más boletos de otras clases para el mismo concierto, oprima el...

Ticket Purchase Step-by-Step

Ticket Purchase Step-by-Step

Click on the line/link that says “Purchase Tickets” on the bottom of any Main Stage concert descriptions page. A new page comes up with that particular concert listed. Choose which type of ticket you want to purchase (Adult, Child, Student/etc. — you may only choose one type at a time). Choose desired quantity.  Click on “Add to Bag.” If you wish to purchase more tickets for the same concert, press the “back” button on your browser.  Again, select the type of ticket you want to purchase and the quantity.  Click on “Add More.” Once you have selected all the tickets you desire, click...

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San Antonio Brass

San Antonio Brass

Comprised of some of the finest brass players in Texas, including the principal brass of the San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio Brass has been South Texas’s premier brass ensemble for more than 25 years. Since its founding in 1982, the SAB has contributed to the cultural life of San Antonio, Bexar County and the state of Texas through its performances and educational programs. Past SAB projects have included world premieres of new compositions, an album of Christmas music, and collaborations with the Texas Music Educators Association, Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Guadalupe Dance...

Kids to Concerts Testimonial Letters

Kids to Concerts Testimonial Letters

Review from Cristina Pato Visit in October, 2012 Click to read review of Cristina Pato’s visit to New Braunfels area schools. Kriewald Road Elementary: Caleb Gonzalez, Fine Arts Director Musical Bridges, I just wanted to thank you for bringing the “tour” to our district and to the 600 students at the school. I recieved a lot of wonderful feedback from the students and staff. Some students even came up to me and said, “After that show, I want to go to Russia”. You have to remember, some of these kids do not even know that San Antonio is in the United States. A harsh reality, but it is a fact. Having the group...

Strange Frenzy: The Dance of the Seven Veils

World Premiere — December 12, 2010 “There is a strange frenzy in my head, of birds flying, each particle circulating on its own. Is the one I love everywhere?” — Rumi, 13th c. Persian poet Of the piece that Jack Stamps is writing for world premiere during Arabian Nights, the composer writes “Though the Dance of the Seven Veils (purported to have been danced by Salome) isn’t part of Middle Eastern dancing tradition, my suite of 7 miniature dances for each of the veils conveys the point that such dances reflect the West’s fascination with and sensationalization of other cultures. I am inspired to continue an...

Julie Nathanielsz

Julie Nathanielsz

Appearing on Main Stage during Arabian Nights, December 12, 2010 Julie Nathanielsz has been researching connections between sense perception and dance composition, in solo and group forms, for over ten years. Her piece Isabella (2008) was nominated for two Austin Critics Table awards. Most recently she has directed The Meeting Point, an ongoing enquiry into real-time ensemble performance, for which she has also choreographed Working the Line (2010). Julie is deeply influenced by a physical practice woven from studies in instant composition, meditation, Body Mind Centering, and Releasing. She was a member of dance-theatre company Margery...

Sarah Bading

Sarah Bading

Appearing for Kids to Concerts Sarah Bading is a soul singer, performance artist, Certified White Belt Nia Instructor, Women’s Studies student, and San Antonio native.  Sarah made her first appearance with Musical Bridges in the 2009-2010 season narrating Carnival of the Animals and toured several local elementary schools with pianist Elena Portnaya, for its free Kids to Concerts program, The Story of Babar the Elephant. When not onstage, Sarah enjoys assisting Dr. Anya Grokhovski with administrative duties and Mr. James Sanders with video...

Jack Stamps

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jack Stamps has devoted a lifetime to pursuing a variety of musical outlets. His parents claim as a one-year-old, he could pick out the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” 45rpm out of a pile of random 45s and can count the words to the tune among his first. He was a founding member of the perennial San Antonio alternative rock band, The Robertsons and spent 10 years, starting in 1987, writing and singing songs with them. In 1997, he began work as a solo artist under the name Pelòn and has recorded numerous collections of alt-pop songs. Feeling an increasing desire for more complex musical structures, in 2001, he turned his...

Lilya Zilberstein

Lilya Zilberstein

Appearing on Main Stage during Israeli Chamber Project, January 23, 2011 Lilya will also present masterclasses at Trinity University and UTSA all appearances are sponsored by Carol Lee Klose and Carolyn A. Seale Born in Moscow in 1965, Lilya Zilberstein began to play the piano when she was five. From 1971 she studied under Ada Traub at the Gnessin Music School in Moscow, graduating there with the highest distinction in 1983. She continued her studies with Alexander Satz at the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute, where she took her final examination in 1988. Winner of a series of Soviet competitions Lilya’s international success came in...

Elena Portnaya

Elena Portnaya

Elena Portnaya, pianist, is a graduate of the Chaykovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. A prize winner in the Classical Legacy International Piano Competition, Alexander Tansman International Competition and International Piano Competition in Porto, Portugal she has performed in Moscow, Buenos Aries, New York, New Jersey, London. She is currently a DMA in Opera Coaching student studying with professor David...

Anya Grokhovski, DMA

Anya Grokhovski, DMA

Anya Grokhovski is a noted chamber music artist, born into a family of professional musicians. Her father was a violinist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for more than forty years. Her mother is a noted violin teacher and her brother plays a concert violin. Anya received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. She was a professor at the Gnessin State College in Moscow prior to coming to the US in 1989. The position of a staff accompanist at UTSA brought her to San Antonio in 1991. Among her chamber music partners are: Emanuel Borok,...

James E. Sanders, Jr.

James E. Sanders, Jr.

James E. Sanders, Jr. is the principal of Standard Definition and Location Sound Design, providing all aspects of audio/video production from pre- to post-production. His experience includes serving as Production Manager at Houston’s Public Radio Station, KTSU-FM; Audio/Operator at San Antonio’s Public Broadcasting System affiliate KLRN-TV; and freelance engineer for regional and national clients including Discovery Channel, CTV Canadian Television, Nike International, Wieden + Kennedy Portland, and Associated Press (Barack Obama: Primary, Municipal Auditorium San Antonio, TX). Sanders specializes in onsite digital audio/video recording of...

Kalinka

Kalinka

Appearing on Main Stage during Tchaikovsky Birthday Bash, May 8, 2011 and for Kids to Concerts the following week Kalinka Russian folk duo features Balalaika virtuoso Sergey Vashchenko and Bayan (button accordion) master Vladimir Kaliazine. Their charm and virtuosity are evident in playing the unique instrumental combination of sounds that reflect Old World melodies and language. After performing throughout Russia and Europe, the duo moved to the United States to settle in Austin TX. The pair have been performing together for about 35 years, including 3 years in Spain and, more recently, 10 years based in Texas. Kalinka’s repertoire...