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Season 22 Grand Opening Concert! | Moscow Nights

Season 22 Grand Opening Concert! | Moscow Nights

This Sunday! From Buckingham Palace to the grand opening of Musical Bridges’ 22nd Season, Nina Kotova brings her elegant cello performance to the San Fernando Cathedral, joined by the premier Russian String Orchestra headed by music director Misha Rachlevsky. This free concert is followed by a dessert reception, and will now include a ticket raffle for those who register online for a free ticket! Free Tickets are available at:...

David Robinson Announced as Honorary Chairman!

David Robinson Announced as Honorary Chairman!

David Robinson, 10-time NBA All-Star and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, will pay tribute to the role music has played in his life by serving as Honorary Chair of the 2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition! "I have been blessed to call San Antonio my home for the last three decades and watch the city become world-recognized for basketball. Now with The Gurwitz International Piano Competition we are raising the...

The Gurwitz Announces 12 Contestants! – Featured on the Rivard Report –

The Gurwitz Announces 12 Contestants! – Featured on the Rivard Report –

~~~~ Check out our feature in the Rivard Report detailing the press conference last Wednesday at the Tobin Center! ~~~ This past Wednesday, we announced via press conference our 12 contestants chosen for the 2020 competition set in January. 76 pianists, from the following 21 nations, vied to take part in this quadrennial "Olympics" of piano: Australia | Belarus | Brazil | Canada | China | France | Germany | Hungary | Indonesia |...

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...

International Music Festival Returns

International Music Festival Returns

Musical Bridges Around the World’s annual festival features renowned Persian fiddle player Kayhan Kalhor Kayhan Kalhor knows life will always involve the mundane—bills, dishes, work—which is why the Grammy Award–nominated musician says music and culture are so crucial. “Some of us will be professional musicians and some will be professional listeners, but music is so important in this world that we live in,” says Kalhor, who will perform on...

Musical Bridges Around the World Announces Performances for 21st Season of ‘Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral’

Musical Bridges Around the World continues its mission of uniting, educating and inspiring audiences through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming with the start of the 21st season of the “Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral” which begins Sunday, October 21. “In the spirit of the 2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition, the 2018-19 season celebrates the art of piano,” said Anya Grokhovski,...

Weekender: Conjunto, Classical Music And A Stage Musical

Weekender: Conjunto, Classical Music And A Stage Musical

In San Antonio this weekend you'll find plenty of music: Conjunto music, piano music and a musical stage drama. First off: Conjunto all weekend at the Tejano Conjunto Festival. Tejano Conjunto Festival Conjunto was born when Europeans brought accordions to South Texas, and locals paired them with bajo sexto, making the genre a San Antonio native in the world of music. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts' Cristina Balli says this weekend, Rosedale Park...

Festival to Bridge Musical Differences With Culturally Diverse Program

Festival to Bridge Musical Differences With Culturally Diverse Program

  The Austin Troubadours will perform March 29 as part of Musical Bridges Around the World's sixth annual International Music Festival. Causing heart attacks is not officially in the mission statement of Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW), but its programming nearly caused a couple of them, according to founder Anya Grokhovski. The occasion was two classically trained musicians confronting their long-held stereotypes during a 2011 MBAW...

Sunday, 31 March/San Fernando Cathedral/7PM Family Affair: Janoska Ensemble from Vienna

Sunday, 31 March/San Fernando Cathedral/7PM Family Affair: Janoska Ensemble from Vienna

Sunday, 31 March/San Fernando Cathedral/7pm Family Affair: Janoska Ensemble from Vienna New directions in music are currently trending under imaginative names, fusion and crossover categories are constantly expanding. But the classically-trained Janoska Ensemble crosses all boundaries with its polyglot musical language. Its debut CD, which climbed to gold within a few months, bears the apt title “Janoska Style” (Deutsche Grammophon 2016)....

Friday 29 March/San Fernando Cathedral/CHANGED TIME 8PM Enchanted tales of Renaissance: Austin Troubadours, Medieval and Renaissance European Music Ensemble

Friday 29 March/San Fernando Cathedral/CHANGED TIME 8PM Enchanted tales of Renaissance: Austin Troubadours, Medieval and Renaissance European Music Ensemble

Friday, 29 March/San Fernando Cathedral/CHANGED TIME: 8PM Enchanted Tales of Renaissance: Austin Troubadours, Medieval and Renaissance European Music Ensemble The Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe.” It is founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan...

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...

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...

Friday, 22 March/Empire Theatre/7pm “East meets west”: Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh or spike-fiddle), Iran and American String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider

Friday, 22 March/Empire Theatre/7pm “East meets west”: Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh or spike-fiddle), Iran and American String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider

Kayhan Kalhor – kamancheh (spiked fiddle) Johnny Gandelsman – violin Colin Jacobsen – violin Nicholas Cords – viola Michael Nicolas – cello   Silent City, the “stunning collaboration” between Iranian kamancheh, or spike-fiddle, virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the adventurous, American string quartet, Brooklyn Rider has been hailed by the critics as “challenging music [that is] a real thrill ride” (Strings Magazine).     “The borough’s chief string...

International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks

International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks

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...