Sunday 24 March/Empire Theater/3PM Kaoru Watanabe’s Trio and Nao Kusuzaki, dance/Japan

Sunday 24 March/Empire Theater/3PM Kaoru Watanabe’s Trio and Nao Kusuzaki, dance/Japan

Kaoru Watanabe Trio:       Kaoru Watanabe (bamboo flute and taiko drumming), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) and Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic Harp) Brooklyn-based composer and Japanese drum and flute virtuoso Kaoru Watanabe, known for his cross-cultural collaborations with such artists as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz pianist Jason Moran, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, flamenco star Eva Yerbabuena and for his work on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, performs music that takes the sounds of traditional Japan and blends them with dynamic improvisations and global rhythms. A long-time performing member and artistic director of the...

Saturday 23 March/Empire Theater/7PM “Jazz Impressions: Tom Harrell Quintet and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet”

Saturday 23 March/Empire Theater/7PM “Jazz Impressions: Tom Harrell Quintet and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet”

Saturday, 23 March/Empire Theatre/7pm Jazz impressions: Tom Harrell Quintet and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet Tom Harrell, who was acclaimed “2018 Trumpeter of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association, joins his expressive brass brother Ambrose Akinmusire for a one-night-only journey through a wide-ranging musical soundscape, at the Empire Theater, San Antonio TX, March 23, 2019, 7:30 PM. Free admission. With this Quintet, Harrell doubles down to reimagine compositions originally written for his 2016 album, SOMETHING GOLD, SOMETHING BLUE, a two-trumpet experimental group he led featuring Akinmusire and a guitar-based rhythm section....

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                      Armed with three degrees from Moscow’s Russian Academy of Music, concert pianist Anya Grokhovski arrived in the U.S. in 1989 and moved to San Antonio three years later for a position as a staff accompanist at UTSA. After bringing several Russian and European musicians to San Antonio for performances, Grokhovski launched an intimate series of house concerts that evolved into Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) — a multicultural arts nonprofit that aims to “unite people one concert at a time.” While possibly best recognized for its genre-spanning series Musical...

Videos of Past Musical Bridges Productions

MBAW was founded in 1998 by Russian-born pianist, Dr. Anya Grokhovski. Anya’s fiery passion for music, commitment to San Antonio, and connections to world-class musicians provided a platform for the creation of an exciting new musical experience in San Antonio. With the avid support of a group of local music lovers, Anya designed a series of salon concerts in private residences. By 1999, programming extended to San Fernando Cathedral, and in 2000 to McAllister Auditorium. MBAW’s Board of Directors plays an active leadership role, creating a strategic plan focused on exemplifying San Antonio’s cultural diversity through excellent...

Concert Schedule

Concert Schedule

Main Stage Concerts — 15th Season Oct 7, 2012, “Fusion of the Worlds” Dec 9, 2012, “Invocation” FRIDAY, Jan 18, 2013, “A Little Nightmare Music” Feb 24, 2013, “Musical Generations” May 19, 2013, “Russian Extravaganza with Barynya” Artists and programs are subject to change. Purchase Tickets Musica Viva — Parties with the Stars October 6, 2012: Celtic Queen November 17, 2012: French Impressions February 23, 2013: Piano Virtuoso Times 3 April 27, 2013: Fantasia for Cello May 18, 2013: Annual Gala: RUSSIAN PARTY! Artists and programs are subject to change. Become a Member Musical...