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May 12, 2018

Rivard Report: Advancing the Arts in San Antonio Will Provide Value for the Next 300 Years

Advancing the Arts in San Antonio Will Provide Value for the Next 300 Years “Art is value, not value added.” I heard this poignant phrase on the cusp of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly  in New York City, where diplomats, philanthropists, artists, and arts leaders from around the globe gathered at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange. They agreed: Art is a universal language that transcends politics, religion, socioeconomics, and ethnic boundaries. San Antonio is a city of complex histories reflected in its art and in the constitution of its people. We live in what I consider the “crossroads of the Americas,” the […]
March 27, 2018

Kids to Concerts

Musical Bridges reaches over 50,000 students annually in Title I schools through Kids to Concerts, a free community educational outreach program. Many guest artists of the 5th International Music festival also performed for San Antonio school children as part of this initiative. During the festival we also had Pingtan artists from our Friendship City – Suzhou, China perform at two festival concerts, as well as for 2000 students during Kids To Concerts. The two beautiful Pipa players did not speak English. In order to accommodate them, Jason Tatman a Chinese translator from Seattle joined us and shared: When we went […]
March 27, 2018

D’s on Keys

Our annual fundraising event “D’s on Keys” took place on 26 January at the Empire Theatre and exceeded all expectations! We want to thank Honorary Chairs Francisco & Graciela Cigarroa for their leadership. We are also grateful to our brilliant board members Awilda Ramos and Jaime Waltman for their tireless effort as co-chairs. This event is a resurrection of a doctors’ recital we produced when Musical Bridges was just founded, 20 years ago. Many physicians, students of Anya and Valery came together to show their talents and raise funds for a young organization to produce school concerts. Many of the […]
March 27, 2018

The Gurwitz 2020!

Last summer the San Antonio International Piano Competition merged with Musical Bridges Around the World. The competition was renamed after it’s longtime supporter Ruth Jean Gurwitz and will henceforth be known simply as “The Gurwitz.” In preparation for the next competition in 2020, Hexameron was the first performance highlighting the recent union between the two organizations. We are thrilled to make The Gurwitz one of the most prestigious competitions in the world! The San Antonio Symphony will include the final round of the 2020 Gurwitz into the Symphony’s Classics Season. We are also proud to announce that Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing […]
March 27, 2018

5th Annual International Music Festival!

Our 5th International Music Festival was held 27 January – 4 February 2018 with a lineup of amazing guest artists from 23 countries. The festival offered eight culturally diverse productions handcrafted into world-class masterpieces by Artistic Director, Anya Grokhovski and presented in the Empire Theatre and historic San Fernando Cathedral. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg delivered remarks during the festival highlighting the power of the arts to bring people together by building bridges of understanding and collaboration. The pièce de résistance of the festival was the International Sister City Ensemble. Jazz musicians from San Antonio’s Sister and Friendship Cities came […]
February 7, 2018

Inside Northside Weekly: Music Bridges Cultures Around The World

Music Bridges Cultures Around The World Students at Kuentz ES were treated to not one but two Grammy Award Winning artists as part of Multicultural Day activities on campus. Thanks to the efforts of Musical Bridges Around the World, Christina Pato and Victor Prieto visited the campus as part of Kids to Concerts, a free educational outreach program. The program introduces San Antonio children to faraway cultures from all over the world through folk music and dance. Pato is an internationally-acclaimed Galician bagpiper master, classical pianist, and a member and educational advisor to Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Prieto is […]
February 1, 2018

SPAIN arts & culture: Tales From the Edges of Spain

TALES FROM THE EDGES OF SPAIN Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and Galician accordionist Victor Prieto perform at the Musical Bridges International Music Festival to celebrate San Antonio’s Spanish heritage. As part of San Antonio’s Musical Bridges International Music Festival, Cristina Pato is joined by Grammy Award-Winner Victor Prieto, and their band Latina. CRISTINA PATO Internationally acclaimed Galician bagpiper master, classical pianist and passionate educator, Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to cultural exchange and to creating new paths for her unique instrument. Her dual careers have led to performances on major stages throughout the world, including regular tours […]
January 30, 2018

Rivard Report: International Music Festival Bridges Nations Through ‘Universal Language’

International Music Festival Bridges Nations Through ‘Universal Language’                                       A new, multinational jazz group has assembled to celebrate three important birthdays: San Antonio’s Tricentennial, the 20th anniversary of local nonprofit Musical Bridges Around the World, and the fifth year of its signature event, the International Music Festival. The International Sister City Jazz Ensemble will perform a Saturday concert during the week-long festival, at 7:30 p.m. at the Empire Theatre. Members of the ensemble hail from San Antonio’s growing list of sister cities, […]
January 29, 2018

San Antonio Arts: MBAW’s International Fest In Full Swing

MBAW’S INTERNATIONAL FEST IN FULL SWING Founded 20 years ago, Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) has been bringing international music and musicians to San Antonio through yearly series of mostly chamber concerts both ticketed and free.  Its International Music Festival was launched five years ago as a showcase for musicians from around the globe who perform in a broad range of styles, from the classical to culturally specific and innovative fusion genres. Concerts take place at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater and the San Fernando Cathedral through Feb. 4. Here’s what’s coming up: Gems of China, Jan. 30. 7:30 […]
January 26, 2018

KENS 5 San Antonio Great Day SA: Get A Taste Of Music From Around The World

San Antonio is taking you on a musical journey where you can visit all four corners of the world! Find out where you can book your next music festival. Musical Bridges Around the World International Music Festival 2 Locations: Empire Theatre And San Fernando Cathedral January 27th- February 4th 210.464.1534 MBAW.org Click here to view the video: http://www.kens5.com/entertainment/television/great-day-sa/get-a-taste-of-music-from-around-the-world/511470203
January 26, 2018

San Antonio Express-News: International Music Festival Celebrates Milestones

International Music Festival Celebrates Milestones In its fifth year, the International Music Festival, created by nonprofit performing arts organization Musical Bridges Around the World, has more to celebrate than in years’ past. The festival, which consists of eight free concerts Saturday through Feb. 4, is a 300 San Antonio-partnered event, and organizers have designed many of the performances to pay homage to the city’s culture and history. In a similar spirit, Musical Bridges is commemorating its 20th year of operations by kicking the festival off with a musical celebration. “We’re starting the festival with the Founders’ Concert, which involves musicians […]
January 25, 2018

Texas Public Radio: Connecting World Cultures Through ‘Musical Bridges’ At San Antonio Festival

Musical Bridges Around the World begins its annual music festival Saturday. Founder and Musical Director Anya Grokhovski says the festival, in its fifth year, brings performers from all over the world to play in the Alamo City.”Music is a peacemaking language,” she said. The international music festival is at the Empire Theater, and features jazz piano, violin music and members of the San Antonio Symphony. The event consists of seven free concerts in 10 nights. The underlying theme of Musical Bridges Around the World, Grokhovski said, is the power in music that transcends borders and language to underscore our common humanity. On Feb. […]
September 29, 2017

NEWS 4 San Antonio Living: Musical Bridges Around the World

Musical Bridges Around the World Over 80,000 people in San Antonio have witnessed the greatness of Musical Bridges Around the World. They provide high caliber performances that are truly unforgettable. Concert violinist, Nancy Zhou, stopped by and gave a quick performance. For more information on programs they offer and concerts, view information below. Click here to view original article and video. CHILD PRODIGIES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW Sunday, 7-9 p.m. San Fernando Cathedral 115 Main Plaza (210) 464-1534 MusicalBridges.org
September 28, 2017

San Antonio Magazine: Child Prodigies Concert Spotlights Successful SA Youth

Child Prodigies Concert Spotlights Successful SA Youth Musical Bridges Around the World kicks season off with former San Antonio students Playing the violin as a child was a given for Nancy Zhou. Her parents moved to San Antonio from China so her father could play with the San Antonio Symphony and as a violin instructor, he insisted that his daughter be among his students. “He thought it was the one thing he could pass down to me, so he started teaching me when I was 4,” says Zhou. The Keystone School and Harvard graduate didn’t fall in love with the […]
September 26, 2017

KENS 5 San Antonio Great Day SA: Child Prodigies | Where Are They Now?

Child Prodigies | Where Are They Now? They say music makes the world go round! We are so lucky to have a wide variety of sounds in San Antonio. Child Prodigies: Where Are They Now San Fernando Cathedral 115 Main Plaza This Sunday, September 30, 2017 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. 210.464.1534 musicalbridges.org Click here to view original article and video.
September 14, 2017

FOX 29 San Antonio Focus on South Texas: Musical Bridges Around The World

Musical Bridges Around The World Musical Bridges Around the World is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to unite, educate and inspire through culturally diverse performances and visual arts programming. MBAW will kick off its 20th season with a free concert, “Child Prodigies,” on October 1st as part of the regular Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral. MBAW also offers other programming including Kids to Concerts, Golden Age performances, and the annual International Music Festival. All programs and concerts are free. Click here to view original article and video.
August 3, 2017

NOWCastSA: Musical Bridges Around the World Announces Union with San Antonio International Piano Competition

Musical Bridges Around the World Announces Union with San Antonio International Piano Competition Musical Bridges Around the World will absorb the San Antonio International Piano Competition, which is held every four years. “We are excited about presenting the 2020 San Antonio International Piano Competition and each competition thereafter,” said Anya Grokhovski, MBAW artistic director and CEO. SAIPC President James Lucas said he is happy about the merger because it will open new doors for the organization. “It will introduce us to new relationships, resources, and creative input that will enable SAIPC to thrive in its mission of sponsoring international competitions […]
May 13, 2016

Fundraising Efforts for San Antonio’s Sister City of Kumamoto, Japan Kicked-Off During City Council

From City of San Antonio Economic Development Department, May 12, 2016 During City Council today, 17 community partners successfully kicked-off fundraising efforts to help San Antonio’s sister city of Kumamoto, Japan. Kumamoto was recently hit by multiple devastating earthquakes that led to incredible infrastructure damage and the loss of 49 lives with thousands injured. This natural disaster led to the community coming together to raise funds to help San Antonio’s sister city in its time of need. “It is heartbreaking what happened to Kumamoto,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “But the warm and passionate response from many of our community […]