Music Without Borders “From Russia With Love”

Music Without Borders “From Russia With Love”

Ukrainian soprano Uliana Alexyuk is a featured soloist at the Bolshoi Theater, where she has been singing since 2010. Her roles include Brigitta in Iolanta; First Lady in The Magic Flute; Adele in Die Fledermaus; Lyudmila in Ruslan and Lyudmila; Frasquita inCarmen; Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride; Fire, Princess, and Nightingale in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges; and, most recently, Amina inLa sonnambula. She returned there in December 2013 to sing Adele in Die Fledermaus. In 2011, she sang in the world premieres ofLe Cerisaie by Philippe Fénelon at the Opéra National de Paris and Lo stesso mare by Fabbio Vacchi at Teatro...

Music Without Borders “Indian Fusion”

Music Without Borders “Indian Fusion”

Program Sandeep Das, “Taal Rasa” Sandeep Das, Tabla and Urmi Samadar, dance Kinan Azmeh “A sad Morning, Every Morning” “Fantasy In three characters” “November 22”, Kinan Azmeh clarinet, St. Petersburg string quartet, Zlatan Redzic, double bass Evan Ziporyn ,“Sulvasutra” Ka Agni Letter to Pythagoras Sandeep Das, Tabla, Amie Maciszewski, sitar and St. Petersburg string quartet Tchaikovsky, Andante- Cantabile Tsintsadze, 5 Jewish songs for string quartet St. Petersburg String Quartet Kinan Azmeh “Wedding” Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, Sandeep Das, Tabla, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Zlatan Redzic, double...

Music Without Borders “Entreflamenco”

Musical Bridges Around the World presents the new award-winning Entreflamenco dance production.  This full-length dance performance features flamenco masters Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirez from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and their company Entreflamenco. Musicians included in the cast are guitarists Alex Jordan and Jose Tejeda from Cuba and singer/percussionist Francisco Orozco “YiYi” from Spain-Musical Composition Grant Recipient of the Year from The Artist Foundation of San Antonio 2014. This flamenco dance production will ignite your senses with the its new choreographies, original costuming, and new musical composition....

Music Without Borders “Amal”

Music Without Borders “Amal”

Program Schubert,    Fantasy for 4 hands Avner Dorman,  Karsilama Prokofiev/Terashima Classical Symphony Allegro Larghetto Gavotta: Non troppo allegro Finale: Molto vivace Shostakovich-concertino op. 94 Rachmaninov,  Suite no.1. I. Barcarolle. Allegretto, in G minor. II. La nuit… L’amour… Adagio sostenuto, in D major. (The night…the love…) III. Les Larmes. Largo di molto, in G minor. (The Tears) IV. Pâques. Allegro maestoso, in G minor....

Music Without Borders “Jazz Expressions”

Music Without Borders “Jazz Expressions”

 Charles Lloyd “Charles Lloyd’s approach to performance  is quite different. The more Lloyd goes inside himself the more he draws his audience  in. With Jason Moran on piano, Eric Harland on drums, and Reuben Rogers on bass, Lloyd once again has a group able to follow his excursions into the music and into the mystic. Lloyd is one of the greats, rather like Joan Miro in modern art, he has no peer save  himself.  Music of total transport and delight.”  Jazzwise “Follow the career of Charles Lloyd, and you  see a map of great jazz across half a century. “Mr. Lloyd has come up with a strange and beautiful  distillation of the...

Kronkosky Charitable Foundation Awards MBAW $25,000

Musical Bridges is proud to share exciting news!  The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation has generously awarded Musical Bridges $25,000!  This is the first operations grant that MBAW has received from the Kronkosky Foundation and is in support of the 2013/2014...

“Tis the season to be jolly!”

“Tis the season to be jolly!”

Traffic! Lots of people everywhere! Crying children! No, this is not a war I am describing, this is Christmas shopping! Yesterday I spent 45 min in the car between IH10 and the La Canterra shopping mall on a trip that normally takes me 5 min. I’m wondering how can it be? Why? What comes over Christians and non-Christians that inspires us for heroic acts during this hectic time and even makes us enjoy it? I saw a Muslim woman praying at 4 pm in the middle of the mall parking lot on a small rug that her granddaughter placed before her. She was bowing in the middle of terrible parking situation surrounded by cars and angry drivers hopelessly...

A homecoming, with fire and ice

Michael Greenberg Dec 16, 2013 It is counted as good fortune when a community is able to export precious raw materials from local mines. It is yet more gratifying to experience their transformation into finely wrought finished products. The cellist Christine Lamprea and the pianist Daniel Anastasio, San Antonio natives and 2007 graduates from TMI and Saint Mary’s Hall, respectively, pursued music on disparate paths that eventually converged at the Juilliard School in New York. They returned home for the holidays and performed as a duo for the first time Sunday in Gallery Nord. The concert sponsor was Musical Bridges Around the World. The...

Young Musical Duo Returns to San Antonio, Wows Hometown Audience

About 100 listeners were treated to a display of technical prowess and emotional sensitivity from a New York duo with San Antonio roots on Sunday at a special event sponsored by Musical Bridges Around the World at Gallery Nord in Castle Hills. After a week of rehearsing together, cellist Christine Lamprea and pianist Daniel Anastasio presented an energizing performance that left their audience overwhelmed with their grace and abilities, and looking forward to experiencing what these two talented musicians may create in their future. Read full...

Young Musical Duo Returns to San Antonio, Wows Hometown Audience

Young Musical Duo Returns to San Antonio, Wows Hometown Audience

From Rivard Report, December 16, 2013 About 100 listeners were treated to a display of technical prowess and emotional sensitivity from a New York duo with San Antonio roots on Sunday at a special event sponsored by Musical Bridges Around the World at Gallery Nord in Castle Hills. After a week of rehearsing together, cellist Christine Lamprea and pianist Daniel Anastasio presented an energizing performance that left their audience overwhelmed with their grace and abilities, and looking forward to experiencing what these two talented musicians may create in their future. The two young musicians presented a riveting program of Janacek,...

Bon Appetit!

Bon Appetit!

My new kitchen took the best of me. During the renovation process I started 10 new blogs but my heart and creativity went into the kitchen sink-16GA, 10 inches deep. The decision making process was painful and invigorating at the same time. Deep in my heart I always dreamed of becoming an interior designer and this was my ultimate test. It all started with our 50-year-old kitchen sink threatening to fall on the floor and take a wall along with it. “ Let’s buy a new sink” sad Robert innocently believing that this will be it… “Hmm, If we are going to create a mess why not to get rid of a couple of walls”… thought I in return. Two months and...

MBAW Board of Directors Initiates $25,000 Matching Grant

The Musical Bridges Board of Directors has generously donated $25,000, matching funds $1 for $1 toward the Kids’ World Music Initiative!  MBAW created the fundraiser challenge to help raise $50,000 for the Kids’ World Music Initiative scheduled for the spring of 2014. All of the money raised will help introduce 27,000 children from San Antonio to cultures from Africa, Spain, Russia, Syria, India and Cuba through beautiful music, bright folk costumes and educational curriculum.  The artists featured in the festival are world-class musicians and dancers, coming from the most prestigious international festivals to title one schools...

MBAW Vice President Suhail Arastu takes the stage in “The Nutcracker!”

MBAW Vice President Suhail Arastu takes the stage in “The Nutcracker!”

When Gabriel Zertuche, Artistic Director of Ballet San Antonio called MBAW Vice President Suhail Arastu and asked if he would consider performing in “The Nutcracker” this year, Suhail told him that he was dragged to that ballet every year as a child!  Zertuche said that it’s much more fun when you’re in it, so he agreed to join the cast. Suhail says it’s proven true-he’s come to know a great cast through their rehearsals and first four performances.  He said the Ford/Powell/Carson architect Chris Carson recently returned from a trip to Moscow and compared Friday night’s opening performance to the...