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 | ItalyFeatured articles on the announcement are below:The Rivard ReportNews4SAAlamo Music Center BlogLaredo Morning...

KSAT12 TV Feature on The Gurwitz 2020

KSAT12 TV Feature on The Gurwitz 2020

KSAT 12 Reporter Sarah Acosta speaks with Musical Bridges Around the World CEO and Gurwitz 2020 Russian Contestant Anna Gershtein to learn more about the competition going on this week. Check it out here:...

The Gurwitz 2020 Announces Three Finalists!

The Gurwitz 2020 Announces Three Finalists!

After Round II, The Gurwitz Jury has announced the three finalists moving on to Round III and IV of The Gurwitz 2020!1. Jiale Li | China2. Yedam Kim | Korea3. Leonardo Colafelice | ItalyRandy Anderson of Texas Public Radio also gave an in-depth interview of semifinalist Joon Yoon of Korea in the featured article here:Texas Public RadioCheck it out other featured articles as well:San Antonio...

TPR Covers The Gurwitz 2020 Round I

TPR Covers The Gurwitz 2020 Round I

Nathan Cone of Texas Public Radio goes in-depth with Round I contestants, Junior Jury, and audience members for their take on the start of the competition! Check it out here:...

The Gurwitz 2020 Contestant Order Announced!

The Gurwitz 2020 Contestant Order Announced!

On Saturday, the 12 Gurwitz 2020 contestants chose their number randomly and here are the results: Alexander Malikov | Canada Alexey Sychev | Russia Joon Yoon | Korea Jiale Li | China Nikita Lukinov | Russia Anna Grot | Russia Anna Gershtein | Russia Yedam Kim | Korea Artem Kuznetsov | Russia Jongyun Kim | Korea Maria Narodytska | Ukraine Leonardo Colafelice | Italy We wish the best of luck to the contestants as they move through Round I over the course of Monday and Tuesday.