November 9, 2012

Musical Bridges Around the World brings kids to concerts in outreach program

Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) is not just an organization’s name. It is a description of its musical gift to San Antonio. Board Member Suhail Arastu gives a great snapshot of Musical Bridges when he says, “In its 15 years, Musical Bridges Around the World has evolved from piano and chamber music to what now encompasses everything from fusion jazz to Russian folk and classical Indian! Reaching an audience of San Antonians across the spectrum from at-risk children in underprivileged schools to symphony lovers — it’s a true honor to serve with this organization.” I say, Musical Bridges concerts […]
October 13, 2012

World View-Review

San Antonio’s Musical Bridges Around the World brings together Galician bagpipe, accordion, percussion, viola and other instruments for an interesting fusion. by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs published Thursday, October 11, 2012 San Antonio — When San Antonio’s Musical Bridges Around the World picked the name of the organization, they really described their mission of presenting multi-cultural concerts. Sunday presentation at McAllister Auditorium at San Antonio College was a perfect example. It was the most unusual concert that most in the audience had ever attended. It was also one of the most exciting and memorable musical events you could imagine. The concert […]
October 1, 2012

Review of OLEG POLIANSKI Piano Recital

The audience in San Fernando Cathedral on Sunday evening, September 23, heard a major-league concert pianist…for free. This remarkable recital was presented under the auspices of Musical Bridges Around the World and generously patronized by Judy and Jefferson Crabb.  Unfortunately, however, Oleg Polianski had to play his program on a Yamaha baby grand piano.  The instrument, which was a gift to San Fernando in 1997 from Roger Feller, in memory of his wife, is a lovely one, with a beautiful tone. But it is simply not adequate for the range of dynamics and pyrotechnical bravura of Polianski—who is a prizewinner […]
September 22, 2012


The following article appeared in “Our Texas” a Texas-based Russian-language newspaper. Музыкальное сообщество Сан-Антонио «Musical Bridges Around the World» 7 октября открывает сезон концертом «Слияние миров», в котором примут участие музыканты-исполнители на этнических инструментах из разных стран мира. «Музыкальные мосты» соединяют разные жанры, стили и исполнителей, среди которых множество представителей русской школы. В этом сезоне Musical Bridges приглашают тандем музыкантов Игудесман и Джу. Обаятельные, лучшие в мире музыкальные шутники – скрипач Алексей Игудесмана из Питера и пианист Richard Hyung Joo – кореец британского происхождения покажут программу «Маленький музыкальный кошмар» (”A Little Nightmare Music”) – по аналогии с «Маленькой ночной серенадой» […]
May 15, 2012

Gibaro de Puerto Rico in San Antonio

World-famous folkloric ensemble performed by Gibaro de Puerto Rico, will highlight the 14th season of the Main Stage Concert Series presented by Musical Bridges Around the World.  The May 20th performance “Caribbean Express” creates an unforgettable journey through the history of Caribbean music from its roots to the present.
February 28, 2012

A Scholar, An Entertainer, and A Class Act: Geri Allen in Concert

From Anthony Dean-Harris Editor-in-Chief [email protected] / @i_ADH I am a sucker for piano trios, always have been. Anything on top of the piano/bass/drums combo is just icing on the cake to me. This past Sunday, February 19th at the McAllister Auditorium at San Antonio College, the Geri Allen quartet featuring Allen on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, Kassa Overall on drums, and Bruce Williams on saxophone served up some delicious, straight-up, straight-ahead cake. Read More
February 18, 2012

Beal: Los Fabulocos make return visit

From San Antonio Express-News By Jim Beal Jr. Updated 04:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2012 If Geri Allen complains about not having enough hours in the day, it’s not because she’s a slacker but because she holds down several full-time jobs including pianist, composer, bandleader, collaborator and educator. Read more
February 1, 2012

Bridging with Music

From Theater Jones by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs published Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Emanuel Borok, the recently retired Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, recently performed in San Antonio, and we happened to catch him in a recital of three Beethoven sonatas. It proved to be a rewarding experience in more ways that just some fine music. He played on a chamber music series, Musical Evenings at the San Fernando Cathedral, which is one of the concert series of an organization called Musical Bridges Around the World. The energy behind this group with such a far-reaching name is Russian-born pianist, Anya […]
January 27, 2012

Whodunit fun at Argyle

From San Antonio Express-News Updated 11:52 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2012 Musical Bridges Around the World teamed four Russian classical performers with drummer Darren Kuper and bassist Greg Norris Sunday, transforming a Bach concerto and Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” into jazz as well. Read more  
January 25, 2012

Beethoven in the Style of Jazz

Beethoven in the Style of Jazz” was a jewel of a concert that introduced a particularly bright note into the Beethoven Festival. Though not every piece was jazzified, those that were, were real cool and those that weren’t, were wonderfully luscious. And Beethoven wasn’t the only composer the six talented musicians took on. Bach was invited to this jam session, too, and as far as we can tell neither composer complained as their iconic concertos and sonatas were recast in the American jazz groove. Rhythmically modified and lightly layered with percussion and bass punctuation, the familiar classical themes and cadences […]
January 16, 2012

From Russia with Love

From NSIDE SA A conversation with Anya Grokhovski, founder and artistic director of Musical Bridges Around the World. Q: What is Musical Bridges Around the World? A: We are a homegrown, San Antonio-based organization which produces main stage concerts at McAllister Auditorium, Musica Viva performances at members’ homes, free concerts at San Fernando Cathedral and a Kids to Concerts series where guest artists travel to underprivileged schools to play live music for at-risk youth … all in all, we produce 25 concerts a year.
January 6, 2012

January Creative of the Month

From Anya Grokhovski is a noted chamber music artist. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. Her passion for chamber music led her to create Musical Bridges Around the World, a non-profit music presenting organization, now in it’s 14th year. Read More
December 12, 2011

Review: ‘Golden Fingers and Golden Toes’

from the San Antonio Express-News By Jasmina Wellinghoff/For the Express-News Musical Bridges Around the World has often spiced up its concerts with brief theatrical vignettes but Sunday’s (Dec. 11) concert was the first in 14 years to feature dance. Three short ballet pieces by New York-based ballet coach and choreographer Elena Kunikova comprised the first part of the program ,which was then followed by an expanded version of “Hexameron” performed by seven pianists on two pianos. Read More
December 7, 2011

Musical Bridges’ program boasts a new ballet

From the San Antonio Express-News Pianist Anya Grokhovski and choreographer Elena Kunikova immediately hit it off when they met in a New York City café in January 2009. “We clicked right away as if we were sisters. We had so much in common and there was so much sharing,” said Grokhovski, artistic director of Musical Bridges Around the World, which brings international musicians to San Antonio. Both Russian born and educated, they talked about the arts and their common life experiences in Russia and the United States. A former ballerina, Kunikova is a sought-after New York-based coach also known for her authentic […]
November 3, 2011

Musical Bridges Around the World plays San Fernando Cathedral

From the San Antonio Current If you’ve never heard a performance by Musical Bridges Around the World, you’re missing out on some of the finest musical offerings in San Antonio. Musical Bridges (MBAW) is not so much a formal group as a fluid gathering of world-class musicians whose talents entertain and enlighten their audiences.
November 3, 2011

On the Town E-Zine Profiles Musical Bridges

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February 28, 2011

Sailing the EastWest Passage

December 15, 2010 “Strange Frenzy,” a provocative new chamber work by San Antonio composer Jack Stamps, capped an afternoon of extraordinary performances on the Musical Bridges Around the World concert series, Dec. 12 in McAllister Auditorium. The concert brought together two touring duos of very different character. Cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova comprised one pair, representing the European classical tradition. Violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick (wife and husband) were the other pair, representing a wide swath of folk traditions from the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe to the Middle East and South India. (They tour under the […]
February 28, 2011

“Arabian Nights” and a Salome in San Antonio

December 13, 2010 Composer Jack W. Stamps seeks to “reconcile” Eastern and Western musical forms. He is insistent on the word “reconcile,” I think, out of respect for how various cultures musically express themselves in different ways. He acknowledges the history of Western exoticism of Eastern forms, yet works to weave multiple sounds into a rich, conversational and contemporary soundscape, citing an array of rhythms and instrumental voices. Read Full Review