MBAW completed its first segment of a new retirement community outreach program, Golden Age 2014, funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts.  Duo AleAnya visited five different retirement communities on July 14th & 15th;  Wedgewood Luxury Senior Apartments, Golden Estates Rehabilitation Center, Madison Estates, The Towers on Park Lane & Adante Senior Living.

Duo AleAnya brought their hour-long 4 hands program to each of the five retirement communities.  They performed a variety of pieces including several Tchaikovsky favorites.  Some of the residents were brought to tears of joy as they listened to the Duo’s beautiful performance in the comfort their very own community.

Musical Bridges is excited to be bringing The Flying Balalaikla Brothers to six retirement communities at the end of August as part of this program!  A special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts, Golden Manor Jewish Senior Services and Executive Director Daniel Laser for making The Golden Age 2014 concert series possible!

Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski (Duo AleAnya) are concert pianists with extensive concert experience as both soloists and chamber musicians who came together to share their love of piano repertory.  Their programming is greatly infludenced by their cultural and educational roots.  Alena was born, raised and educated in Belorussia (a former part of the Soviet Union) and Anya in Moscow, Russia.  Needless to say, Russian music takes a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya.  Both Alena and Anya hold Doctoral Degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow.  Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya Grokhovski is the Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World.