What to Expect for D’s on Keys 2022 Virtual Gala

What to Expect for D’s on Keys 2022 Virtual Gala

As you may be aware, Musical Bridges Around the World’s annual gala fundraiser D’s on Keys for 2021 was postponed twice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s finally happening, virtually this Sunday 5 June at 11 AM CST! This year is free to watch online on the D’s on Keys gala page, or on the Musical Bridges’ YouTube channel. Sponsorship opportunities, as well as a silent auction starting Thursday 26 May at 12 PM CST are also available via the gala page. More info on that below as well. The uniqueness of the gala comes from its performers, who are a mix of respected doctors, executives, professionals,...

Musical Sprouts in UTSA’s Education News

Musical Sprouts in UTSA’s Education News

UTSA’s College of Education & Human Development’s Chris Reichert just published a new article talking about the latest in MBAW’s Musical Sprouts education program, with Sprouts research assistant and UTSA Department of Counseling graduate student Kimberly Salazar speaking about this school year’s challenges due to the pandemic but also resilience of the program. Click Here to...

D’s on Keys Postponed & Virtual

D’s on Keys Postponed & Virtual

D’s on Keys, which functions as Musical Bridges Around the World’s annual fundraising gala and where executives, professionals, musicians, D’s, MD’s, JD’s, PHD’s share their artistic talents to support MBAW educational programming, has been postponed to a new date on Sunday 5 June 2022 at 11AM. The program will also now be a virtual experience, with the production premiering online that day at mbaw.org/dok and our YouTube channel. The fundraising gala shifted from its original date of Sunday 6 February 2022 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts as a response for the safety of attendees during the most recent COVID-19...

What is “The Quilt”?

What is “The Quilt”?

Actress Lauren Hunter onset. (Credit: Rob Michaelson) Film Director Julya Jara and Director of Photography Alejandro Guiterrez adjust the camera on pianist Arlington Jones. (Credit: Manuel Alejandro Hernández Cardona of CMC Studios) The concept arose when MBAW Educational Director Caleb Gonzalez assessed needs from area teachers on which culture they wanted to study in the 2021-22 school year with our programs. At the height of U.S. racial tensions and the Black Lives Matter movement, teachers overwhelmingly expressed interest to bring African American culture into the classroom. We soon realized the project’s importance, recognizing it...

NOTICE: Two Public Events Postponed, Community Programs Also Affected

NOTICE: Two Public Events Postponed, Community Programs Also Affected

Update by Sean Kithas, MBAW Marketing Manager Public Programs & Events Due to the recent COVID-19 spike after the holidays, Musical Bridges Around the World and its event partners have made the decision to postpone the following two (2) public events to a later date (to be determined): Saturday 8 January, 5-8 PM – The Quilt: Behind the Scenes (MBAW Art Gallery Reception) Sunday 16 January, 11 AM – 1 PM – The Quilt: A Community Celebration If you have already registered for free tickets to either of these events, you will still be registered for the new date(s) and will not need to re-register. New registration will not...

Fall 2021 Educational Impact Report

Fall 2021 Educational Impact Report

Report by Jennifer Reed-Martinez, MBAW Director of Community Engagement This fall, over 3,300 students traveled virtually to Ukraine with our Kids to Concerts program, with a concert video (seen below) by renowned Ukrainian musician Jurij Fedynskyj. During the pandemic, this program had to shift from live in-person concerts to virtual concert videos. And now, as schools move back to a mix of virtual and/or in-classroom learning, the program adapts to meet that change again as our January concerts covering the music of African American culture & history will be live in the schools.  In addition, 650 students received five hands-on,...

CEO Receives International Leadership Award!

CEO Receives International Leadership Award!

We are happy to announce that MBAW CEO and Artistic Director Dr. Anya Grokhovski accepted the San Antonio Council of Visitors’ 2021 International Leadership Award. This award highlights Anya’s dedication and contributions to citizen diplomacy in the community. We are so proud of the impact Anya has made in the cultivation of cross-cultural arts programming. This work creates a mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations around the world. The 2021 Annual Citizen Diplomacy Celebration also featured some familiar faces, with performances by Viatorum ensemble members Dr. Ethan Wickman and Peter Breithaupt. The ensemble...

24th Season of San Fernando Cathedral Announced!

24th Season of San Fernando Cathedral Announced!

Musical Bridges Around the World is happy to announce its return to the historic San Fernando Cathedral for the 2021-2022 season, its 24th! All performances are FREE and open to the public! Seating is first come first served. Safety at the CathedralMBAW will follow all safety and distancing guidelines for fine arts performance halls per the State of Texas, as well any other measures it feels necessary per event from its own discretion for the ensured safety of its attendees. More details about safety guideline details/protocols being enacted will be provided with each concert’s communication and as each date approaches, as per the...

7th Annual International Music Festival – Live Tomorrow!

7th Annual International Music Festival – Live Tomorrow!

The 7th annual International Music Festival starts virtually tomorrow starting at 12 PM CST and going until around 4:45PM. Along with high-quality performances from MBAW’s illustrious past program and festival artists, this virtual summit will include live panel discussions with prominent artists and respected arts leaders who will share their unique insight into the current state of the arts and future of performing arts. Watch online at: musicalbridges.org/imf Get your free event raffle tickets there and enter for a chance to win some cool MBAW swag! 5 winners will be announced live during Closing Remarks at 4:35 PM CST.  You can also...

Harp vs. Harp – UTSA Student Review

Harp vs. Harp – UTSA Student Review

Musical Bridges Around the World wants to shine a spotlight on volunteer and UTSA Music Marketing student Rolando Ramon, who participated in a concert focus group for our latest February 2021 concert, Harp vs. Harp. Rolando went above and beyond, producing an in-depth review of the concert, not only praising the production but providing a noteworthy critique. Read the full review below! Virtual Concert Review: Harp vs. Harp by Rolando Ramon   I’ve become familiar with the digital concert format throughout the pandemic and the problem with a number of these is that the idea of providing a live music experience via computer screen is a rough...

Ford Foundation Awards $200K to MBAW Over the Next Two Years

Ford Foundation Awards $200K to MBAW Over the Next Two Years

Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) recently received a $200,000 grant from The Ford Foundation to support the organization’s various music programs that benefit seniors, adult and children’s audiences alike. “We are so grateful for the generous support of The Ford Foundation for this substantial gift that will allow Musical Bridges Around the World to continue to offer important programming to the public, especially during these trying times when many nonprofits around the nation are dealing with budget challenges,” said Anya Grokhovski, MBAW Artistic Director & CEO.This special grant, which is approved for a two-year period, is...

SA Monthly Features MBAW in October Issue

SA Monthly Features MBAW in October Issue

The local San Antonio publication SA Monthly Magazine has featured Musical Bridges Around the World twice in its latest October 2020 issue!  Pages 10-12 showcase our lineup for Season 23 of Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral.Pages 19-20 features our latest exhibition at the MBAW Art Gallery of artists Michael Matthews and Michael Kruscha in conjunction with FotoSeptiembre (Note that pages might be flipped for this section). Click here to view the full...

Musical Sprouts Research in UTSA Today

Musical Sprouts Research in UTSA Today

Our growing Musical Sprouts curriculum-based program has made its way into the University of Texas at San Antonio’s news site UTSA Today! The article discusses the partnership with UTSA researchers to analyze how our program is affecting and helping local students in the San Antonio area. Check it out here: https://www.utsa.edu/today/2020/02/story/musical-sprouts.html and here:...

Jiale Li Wins Gurwitz Gold!

Jiale Li Wins Gurwitz Gold!

Jiale Li of China has won the The Gurwitz 2020 Gold Medal and $25,000 after his Round IV Tobin Center performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the San Antonio Symphony, under the baton of Gurwitz Jury Chairman Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Excluding Lang-Lessing’s vote (which was overwritten due to his inclusion in the performance), the rest of The Gurwitz Jury came to a vote with the following ruling: Gold – Jiale Li | ChinaSilver – Yedam Kim | KoreaBronze – Leonardo Colafelice | Italy Featured articles on the announcement are below:Classical Voice North AmericaThe Rivard ReportSA...