April 27, 2016

Kids to Concerts: India

Musical Bridges Around the World is proud to report its ninth successful segment of Kids to Concerts during the 18th season! This segment brought us to Huebner Elementary school on April 26, 2016. Guest artists included: pianist Anil Srinivasan and Carnatic vocalist Sikkil “Charan” Gurucharan. MBAW’s interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM curriculum-teaching the culture and geography of India through music. About 1,000 children learned about rythm & sound, history, and ethnic instruments during the 40 minute program. They were singing and swaying the whole time! MBAW would like to thank the Texas Commission on the Arts and […]
April 3, 2014

Whiplash and Fusion

April 1, 2014 Mike Greenberg Performing that evening for a near-capacity crowd in San Fernando Cathedral, Mr. Azmeh, a resident of New York for many years, brought with him a long-time collaborator, percussionist John Hadfield. They we’re joined by the Austin-based pianist Michael Schneider and San Antonio Symphony bassist Zlatan Redzic Read Full Review
March 23, 2014

Russian Love

For San Antonio’s Musical Bridges Around the World, the Saint Petersburg String Quartet and soprano Uliana Alexyuk excel on Borodin, Barber and more. by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 San Antonio — San Antonio’s Music Without Borders festival, presented by Musical Bridges Around the World, continued on the first Sunday in March. Following their workout playing with clarinetist Kinanp Azmeh, the St. Petersburg String Quartet gave a much calmer performance of music that is in their area of specialization. Read Full Review
March 23, 2014

The World in Their Eyes

At San Antonio’s Musical Bridges Around the World, Indian and Middle Eastern sounds mix with Western classical for an exotic fusion. by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 San Antonio — You never know what to expect at a concert presented by Musical Bridges Around the World. The San Antonio organization takes their name seriously and brings performers that you will not hear elsewhere, even in the major cities. Such was the case with the two concerts that brought the International Festival to a close the first weekend in March. The St. Petersburg String Quartet played a concert […]
March 19, 2014

Charles Lloyd, Gerald Clayton Collaborate as Simpatico Duo

Downbeat Anthony Dean-Harris 2/27/14 “Lloyd and Clayton were a simpatico duo, with the saxophonist-flutist launching into his characteristic staggered runs and the pianist responding with a chameleonic fluidity, sounding like Thelonious Monk one minute and Joe Sample the next.” Read Full Review
February 26, 2014

Complementary strengths meet on the bridge

The enterprising concert series Musical Bridges Around the World is in the midst of its inaugural “Music Without Borders” festival, a farrago of jazz, flamenco, Indian and Western classical programs. The Duo Amal, heard Sunday afternoon in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, exemplifies the notion of music without borders: The duo comprises classical pianists Bishara Haroni, a Palestinian born in Nazareth, and Yaron Kohlberg, an Israeli born in Jerusalem. The word “amal” is Arabic for “hope.” Read Full Review
February 17, 2014

International Music Coming To Inner City Schools

A local non-profit wants to give students in inner city schools access to music from across the globe. Musical Bridges Around The World is kicking off a fundraising campaign, hoping to raise $50,000. The Kids’ World Music Festival Fundraising Challenge wants to reach 27,000 students in San Antonio with the program. Students will have the chance to hear about music and culture from countries like Africa, Spain, Russia, Syria, India and Cuba. Watch Interview
December 20, 2013

A homecoming, with fire and ice

Michael Greenberg Dec 16, 2013 It is counted as good fortune when a community is able to export precious raw materials from local mines. It is yet more gratifying to experience their transformation into finely wrought finished products. The cellist Christine Lamprea and the pianist Daniel Anastasio, San Antonio natives and 2007 graduates from TMI and Saint Mary’s Hall, respectively, pursued music on disparate paths that eventually converged at the Juilliard School in New York. They returned home for the holidays and performed as a duo for the first time Sunday in Gallery Nord. The concert sponsor was Musical Bridges […]
December 17, 2013

Young Musical Duo Returns to San Antonio, Wows Hometown Audience

About 100 listeners were treated to a display of technical prowess and emotional sensitivity from a New York duo with San Antonio roots on Sunday at a special event sponsored by Musical Bridges Around the World at Gallery Nord in Castle Hills. After a week of rehearsing together, cellist Christine Lamprea and pianist Daniel Anastasio presented an energizing performance that left their audience overwhelmed with their grace and abilities, and looking forward to experiencing what these two talented musicians may create in their future. Read full article
November 6, 2013

Musical Bridges presents “Music Without Borders”

How does a musical tour around the world next spring sound?  No need to pack a suitcase for this vacation and you can go even if you hate flying. Read More:  On the Town Magazine, pages 14-16
October 29, 2013

In San Fernando, Thunder and Song

From Incident and Light, October 28, 2013 An oddly bifurcated program, worthily performed, opened the 2013-14 season of the concert series with the very long name. OK. Take a deep breath. Here it is: The Musical Bridges Around the World Judy and Jefferson Crabb Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral. The pianist Mei Rui was on her own for the first half, comprising two towering, often thundering works from the 19th century, Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor and Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni’s (speaking of long names) transcription of the Chaconne from JS Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D […]
February 13, 2013

Musical Bridges Around the World and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society give another fine concert in the Alamo City’s Brahms festival.

Review: Brahms Continued | Musical Bridges Around the World More Brahms by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs published Thursday, February 7, 2013 San Antonio — San Antonio continues to intrigue with its citywide Brahms Festival. Dallas and Fort Worth arts organizations should take a look at the advantages of collaborating on such a large event. Previously, I reviewed a chamber music concert in this festival presented by the San Antonio Chamber Music Society and the more eclectic Musical Bridges Around the World. It featured Gary Levinson, Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony and the outstanding pianist Darejan Baya Kakouberi, who […]
January 23, 2013

The Gift of Brahms

Musical Bridges Around the World and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society join in the Alamo City’s Brahms festival. by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs published Tuesday, January 22, 2013 San Antonio — San Antonio is forward-thinking in its support of the arts. The folks at performing arts organizations actually speak to each other and plan citywide festivals. Imagine that. Right now, there is a major Brahms festival going on and everyone, from the chamber music groups to the symphony, is involved. On Sunday, two groups, Musical Bridges Around the World and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, joined forces to present […]
January 21, 2013

Masterclass Clowns (Video): Igudesman And Joo Stop In San Antonio

They have had over 14 million views on YouTube, John Malkovitch has appeared on stage and film with them, and Maestro Bernard Haitink loves them. Igudesman and Joo have been performing since they met in music school. “We call ourselves more eclectic: many different styles that don’t seem to fit together. Somehow fabulously do fit together, and at the same time, combined with theater and comedy, it’s a special combination.” Read/Listen to Full Intervew
January 15, 2013


The following article appeared in “Our Texas” a Texas-based Russian-language newspaper. Классическая музыка не всегда была таким серьёзным делом для избранных. Это сейчас на концертах все должны сидеть напряжённые, звуков не издавать, не шевелиться. А раньше взаимоотношения между музыкантом и публикой были гораздо более открытыми. Ференц Лист, например, мог запросто выпить со зрителями или кинуть перчатки в зал, Николо Паганини и другие известные скрипачи часто демонстрировали различные трюки со своими инструментами. Но затем что-то произошло в конце 19 – начале 20 века, и классическая музыка превратилась в закрытый элитарный клуб. Read Full Article
January 7, 2013

Music And Education Are Bridged

On December 3 and 4. Musical Bridges did just that in the elementary schools of New Braunfels. Bridging music with education was done very effectively by the famous Spanish musician Cristina Pato.  She showed how to link education to music through her talent with bagpipes, singing and dancing. The students were very much involved in the process of bridging the music and education. The students were given knowledge using the Spanish flag, map of Spain and various instruments that created wonderful Spanish music. Cristina of Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma, was backed-up by Victor Prieto with his accordion and John […]
December 24, 2012

Social Studies: It’s been a jazzy month

For decades, the folk music scene has inhabited an underground network of house parties. Ordinary living rooms, even in San Antonio, become coffee houses where the fare is potluck, seating overflows to the floor and music is authentic. Such hootenannies have reached a high level of sophistication thanks to Musical Bridges Around the World, the local producer of multicultural performances by classical, jazz and, yes, folk musicians. In support of the organization’s free concerts and educational programs, its “Musica Viva!” series allows those who donate $1,000, and paying guests, to hobnob with visiting artists and hear intimate performances at dinners […]
December 12, 2012

The Next Generation of Jazz

Anthony Dean-Harris Editor-in-Chief [email protected] / @i_ADH Guitarist Rez Abbasi has been on the scene for a little while now, steadily building his credibility as a world class talent. His work bouncing back and forth between electric and acoustic has received plaudits all around. Just this past week, his latest trio release, Continuous Beat (Abbasi’s first trio recording with John Hébert on drums and Satoshi Takeishi on bass) has been ranked #1 on the CMJ jazz radio listings. It’s because of his distinct sound, built by his Pakistani heritage largely shaded by his American upbringing, that San Antonio arts organization Musical […]