From Theater Jones
by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs
published Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Emanuel Borok, the recently retired Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, recently performed in San Antonio, and we happened to catch him in a recital of three Beethoven sonatas. It proved to be a rewarding experience in more ways that just some fine music.

He played on a chamber music series, Musical Evenings at the San Fernando Cathedral, which is one of the concert series of an organization called Musical Bridges Around the World. The energy behind this group with such a far-reaching name is Russian-born pianist, Anya Grokhovski. This is a 14-year-old nonprofit cultural and educational organization. They present a wide variety of concerts feature classical, jazz, and ethnic folk musicians in one-of-a-kind cross-cultural pairings that always has an eye to San Antonio’s cultural heritage. MBAW events are specifically designed to appeal to both seasoned concertgoers and to attract new listeners. In this, they are successful as the jam-packed hall ably illustrated.

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