Musical Bridges team visits the Tobin!

On Wednesday, May 21, in anticipation of moving to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Musical Bridges Board of Directors, staff and Musical Viva members took a construction site tour to see the progress. The venue looks spectacular already despite the fact that it is not finished yet. Parts of an old San Antonio historic landmark, Municipal Auditorium, are preserved and enhanced by the contrast with new glass and stainless steel elements that bring this structure into the 21 century. All three venues, HEB Performance Hall (will seat 1800 people), the Alvarez Studio Theater (will seat 250 people) and River Walk Plaza (will seat 600)...

MBAW Annouces 2014 Award Recipients

MBAW Annouces 2014 Award Recipients

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to announce the recipients of its honorary 2014 awards! Lifetime Visionary Award for Music Patronage-Dr. Yurii & Elena Borshch Dr. Yurii & Elena Borshch have become a leading light in the San Antonio arts and music patronage scene.  Because of their dedication and support, San Antonio audiences have been given access to world class music performances free of charge.  In immeasurable ways, they have provided both inspiration and financial support to improve San Antonio’s cultural scene. Dr. Yurii Borshch obtained his Fellowship in Pain Management and completed his residency in...

International Music Festival Performers

International Music Festival Performers

Born and raised in Argentina, Claudio Asprea’s dance background includes classical ballet (Colon Theater Superior Institute of Art – I.S.A.  – Buenos Aires, Argentina) and modern dance (Taller de Danza Contemporanea del Teatro San Martin de Buenos Aires).  He started his argentine tango training in Buenos Aires in 1988.  In 1990 Mr. Asprea joined Argentine Theater Ballet Company of La Plata, the second most important lyric opera house in Argentina.  Mr. Asprea was the guest performer and argentine tango master teacher at both the The Official USA Championship & USA TANGO FESTIVAL, in San Francisco, CA, from April 17 to...

Musica Viva Performers

Musica Viva Performers

Concert schedule A true jewel of the Texas performing scene, Austin Troubadours is an international group of musicians that is dedicated to reviving the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe thru performing dances and songs in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments. Founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic, a veteran of the European early music scene. Prior to relocating to the United States, Slobodan recorded numerous CD’s and gave over 1,000 performances with his “Ensemble Renaissance”, including such important...

Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral Performers

Concert schedule A true jewel of the Texas performing scene, Austin Troubadours is an international group of musicians that is dedicated to reviving the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe thru performing dances and songs in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments. Founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic, a veteran of the European early music scene. Prior to relocating to the United States, Slobodan recorded numerous CD’s and gave over 1,000 performances with his “Ensemble Renaissance”, including such important...

Kids to Concerts Performers

Kids to Concerts Performers

Founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic, the Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers that is dedicated to reviving the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The Flying Balalaika Brothers consists of three famous representatives of Russian Balalaika school.  The Original Flying Balalaika Brothers were formed in Los Angeles in 1995 by Zhenya Kolykhanov (a.k.a. Z Rock),...

Welcome Veronika Liskova to the MBAW Board!

Welcome Veronika Liskova to the MBAW Board!

MBAW is proud to announce our newest Board Member Veronika Liskova! Veronika Liskova was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Corporate Management and European Economic Integration at the University of Economics.  An internship visa allowed her visit to San Antonio and co-own Alamo Photographic, a successful photography studio in Alamo Heights.  Within 8 years of managing Alamo Photographic, they expanded to Austin and began servicing clients internationally.  In 2011, she decided on a career change and accepted a position at a global bank as a Business Banker.  Veronika is an avid...

Canellakis-Brown Duo – San Fernando Program

February 1, 2015: Strauss & Golden Greece As a part of the city-wide Strauss Festival, the New York based Canellakis-Brown Duo, “a pair of adventurous young talents” will present a sonata for cello & piano along with their own Greek-flavored compositions. Program Richard Strauss: Sonata for cello and piano in F major, Op 6 (TrV 115) Allegro con brio Andante ma non troppo Finale: Allegro vivo Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano, G-minor , Op, 65 Allegro moderato in G minor Scherzo in D minor, Trio in D major Largo in B-flat major Finale. Allegro in G minor, ending in G major Bulgarian/Canellakis: Folk...

¡Viva Havana! Musical Bridges Annual Gala

¡Viva Havana! Musical Bridges Annual Gala

¡Viva Havana! An evening of Cuban Cuisine, Sultry Salsa and Cuba Libres! Join us at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts for a Gala with the Stars like you’ve never experienced before! Cohiba & Mojito Level Sponsors will enjoy a VIP Champagne Reception in the exclusive Founders’ Lounge, while Cuba Libres and mouthwatering Empanadas float through the Grand Lobby as patrons peruse an array of irresistible Silent Auction Items. Following the Reception, guests will flow into the Rotundas as performance stations appear for dinner – a Mariquita display with Chimichurri Roasted Loin and Papas Rellenas delight! As appetites are...

Habaneros – San Fernando Program

October 5, 2014 – Viva la Cuba Featuring a sizzling virtuoso quintet with a potpourri of Popurrí – the Habaneros are direct from Havana and will dazzle you with hot Latin American and Western classics. Program Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581        Wolfgang A. Mozart (1789) 35 min I.     Allegro II.    Larghetto III.   Menuetto IV.    Allegretto con variazioni La Bikina Ruben Fuentes Arr: Carlos Suárez Las Margaritas Chucho Valdés Arr: Núñez/L. Pérez Vals Venezolano Adaptation: Idalmis Ulloa, Paquito D’ Rivera Jump Swing Fever Louis Prima, Steve Perry, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills Arr: Jorge Luis Cabrera Contradanza...

Deljavan & Jo – San Fernando Program

November 9, 2014: Under the Tuscan Sun “Oozing with charisma,” Van Cliburn competition favorite – Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan and Houston Grand Opera soprano Pureum Jo will take you on an enchanting sojourn through Old Europe. Program Scarlatti Sonata K 115 Soler Sonata R. 90, R.89 Schumann Fantasy op. 17 Alessandro Deljavan piano solo Mendelssohn “Hexenlied” Wolf “Nixebinsefuss” Strauss “Junghexenlied” Samuel Barber “Nocturne” Rossini “Aragonese” Pureum Jo, soprano and Alessandro Deljavan,...

Austin Troubadours – San Fernando Program

March 8, 2015 – Pastime with Good Company Founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic, the Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers that is dedicated to reviving the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Program (Renaissance Music from England, France, Italy and Balkans) English Renaissance – Pastime With Good Company (Henry the Eighth) – Kemp’s Jig...

Turks, Tailors and Uncle Moses

April 12, 2015 – Turks, Tailors and Uncle Moses The NYC-based Metropolitan Klezmer sextet approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies,Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. Isle of Klezbos concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS & CNN. Klezbos bandmates were profiled by NPR’s Hey Ladies project. The band also made studio...

Kids to Concerts-India!

Kids to Concerts-India!

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report another successful segment of our community outreach Kids to Concerts program at no charge to the schools visited! Last Thursday, May 1st & Friday, May 2nd Grammy-nomitated Tabla Maestro Sandeep Das and Kathak dancer Urmi Samadar visited 5 San Antonio schools:  Huebner Elementary, Odgen Elementary, Huppertz Elementary, Nelson Elementary & W.W. White Elementary. MBAW’s interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM curriculum-teaching the culture and geography of India through music. About 2,500 children learned about rythm & sound, dance, history, ethnic...

KTC india

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report another successful segment of its community outreach Kids to Concerts program at no charge to the schools visited! Last Thursday & Friday Grammy Nominated Tabla Maestro Sandeep Das and Kathak dancer Urmi Samadar visited 5 San Antonio schools:  Huebner Elementary, Ogden Elementary, Huppertz Elementary, Nelson Elementary & W.W. White Elementary. MBAW’s interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM curriculum-teaching the culture and geography of India through music. About 2,500 children learned about rythm & sound, dance, history, ethnic instruments and the...