The Torch

The Torch

“We are approaching San Antonio; it is beautiful evening, clear sky northeast wind twelve miles per hour, eighty degrees… thank you for choosing Southwest airlines, have a pleasant evening”… It all started with me putting myself out for sale on the Musical Bridges auction last spring… guess what? Drs. Michelle and Eric Miller bought me for a solo recital for their Wedding Anniversary Celebration that will take place this weekend. I have not played solo since my postgraduate recital in Moscow in 2000. I got extremely exited to get back to solo piano and picked a very romantic program for the occasion. I started practicing Chopin, Liszt,...

About Musical Bridges Around the World

For 16 years MBAW has been producing one-of-a-kind multicultural performances by the finest musicians from around the globe. Our mission is to unite, educate and inspire through culturally diverse programming. Cornerstones of our programs include: Providing free admission to the public, making art accessible to all Targeting youth – particularly at-risk, to develop audiences of tomorrow Partnering with the City and other organizations to foster San Antonio’s reputation as a cosmopolitan cultural center MBAW was founded in 1998 by Russian-born pianist, Dr. Anya Grokhovski and a group of avid music lovers. Anya’s fiery passion for...

The Flower

The Flower

“Anya, we are starting a REAL art lovers book club. We will go deep into the artist’s psyche and study it inside out…you’ve got to join….” Okay, said I without thinking twice. This was my old friend Susan Dunis who shared with me the first years of Musical Bridges, an artist and fun person to be around, spontaneous and light. I did not look at my schedule, I am loyal to my friends, if they want to do something I support it without asking questions… The first artist selected was Edward Hopper. When the book arrived I got a queer feeling that maybe I should have checked my schedule before I agreed to join a club– it was 650 pages thick!...

Test in Logic

Test in Logic

When my son was getting ready to attend Law School, he needed to take the LSAT and he shared his exercise book on logic with me.  It went something like this: “An advertising executive must schedule an advertisement during a particular TV show.  Seven different consecutive time slots are available for advertisements during a commercial break, and are numbered one through seven in the order that they will be aired.  Seven different advertisements – B, C, D, F, H, J, and K – must be aired during the show.  Only one advertisement can occupy each time slot.  The assignment of the advertisements to the slots is subject to the following...