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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...

International Music Festival presented by Musical Bridges Around the World features spectacular performances

International Music Festival presented by Musical Bridges Around the World features spectacular performances

From the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe, to American jazz, to the sounds of Japanese instruments, the 6th annual International Music Festival returns to the Alamo City from March 22 to 31. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.mbaw.org or call (210) 464-1534. Friday, March 22 7 p.m. Empire Theatre “Persian Delight with an American Twist” Three-time Grammy Award-nominee Kayhan Kalhor, the...

MBAW Featured In SA Current | International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks

MBAW Featured In SA Current | 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 Written By Bryan Rindfuss on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 10:18 am from SA Current. Original article can be viewed by clicking here. Courtesy of International Music Festival Kayhan Kalhor 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...

Message From the CEO – Backstage Fall 2018

Message From the CEO – Backstage Fall 2018

We are extremely excited to announce the judges for the 2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition in San Antonio, TX! We are honored to have Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing - the Artistic Director of the San Antonio Symphony as Chairman of the Jury. The judges are internationally acclaimed artists such as Russian pianist Olga Kern - Gold Medalist of the XI Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX, first woman to...

Las Amigas Holiday Party

Las Amigas Holiday Party

Last Thursday Musical Bridges Art Gallery was the site of its very first private luncheon hosted by San Antonio womens group -- Las Amigas.  Approximately 30 guests gathered in the MBAW gallery adorned with pointsettas and christmas trees; enjoying photography, art, and the company of their friends. Several months ago Las Amigas members asked MBAW Artistic Director Dr. Anya Grokhovski to speak in front of the group about her life,...

Welcome Adriana Flores to the MBAW Board

Welcome Adriana Flores to the MBAW Board

Please join us in welcoming our newest Board member, Adriana Flores! Adriana Flores was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University at College Station with a Bachelors Degree in English, with minors in History and Marketing. She obtained her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for the San Antonio Public Library for 10 years and...

Kids to Concerts-Russia!

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report another successful segment of our community outreach Kids to Concerts program at no charge to the schools visited! On January 22-23 & 26-27, the Flying Balalaika Brothers from Austin visited 8 San Antonio elementary schools:  Fernandez, Madison, Oak Meadow, Colonies North, Scobee, Howsman, Leon Springs & Glenoaks. MBAW's interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM...

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

Rivard Report: 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...

Kids to Concerts

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...

D’s on Keys

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....

The Gurwitz 2020!

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...

5th Annual International Music Festival!

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...

Deep thoughts or aftermath of IMF

Deep thoughts or aftermath of IMF

Musical Bridges’ 5th International Music Festival was truly an international endeavor! Guest artists from 28 countries participated in one-of-a-kind programs including six gold medalists of the former San Antonio International Piano Competition playing together - 60 golden fingers at the same time. The Russian dancing ensemble from New York, Barynya, crowned the excitement at the Grand Finale! We were honored with the...

Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!

My husband Robert is obsessed with the Milky Way! He took pictures of it from different parts of the equator but like a lonely wolf is drawn to the moon. Rob is drawn to a Milky Way on every dark night. His pure love of nature significantly opened my mind to a world I would not be exposed to otherwise. Together we have visited many National Parks in the US and abroad. Our outdoorsy friends have been raving about Big Bend National...

Inside Northside Weekly: Music Bridges Cultures Around The World

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...