About the Program

Golden Age frees senior living residents of logistical and financial challenges of travel by bringing MBAW concerts directly to them! Music instills within them a sense of youth, health and vivacity, and breathes new life into our respected elders.

How You Can Support

Join the Golden Age Giving Circle for just $10 per month. You will also receive personal bi-annual impact reports/newsletters and a first glimpse into the program!

2021-2022 SEASON

29 – 30 NOVEMBER 2021

Mark Cheikhet, violin | Russia

Cheikhet is famous for his “golden tone” on romantic violin. Graduate of a Doctoral degree from Moscow Conservatory, Mark has built a unique niche for his talents in both worlds of performing and visual arts. A frequent guest of MBAW, Mark has performed as a soloist and chamber musician and is known for multimedia performances with exhibitions and their musical interpretations. “…his warm and beautiful sound transforms the listener to another world…Mark’s clarity of musical thought and virtuosity are truly remarkable… ” (Brescia Oggi)

Elena Portnaya, DMA, piano | Russia

Concert pianist Elena Portnaya holds two Doctoral Degrees from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the University of Texas at Austin. Elena is a laureate of numerous international piano competitions and has performed solo and in chamber ensembles in Russia, Poland, England, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland and the United States.  Elena is currently the Artistic Coordinator at Musical Bridges Around the World and Artistic Director of The Gurwitz International Piano Competition.

6-7 DECEMBER 2021

Gurwitz Youth Ambassadors, piano | US

As part of the mission of The Gurwitz International Piano Competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists, The Gurwitz Youth Ambassadors program develops young pianists in the greater San Antonio area through feature performances as well as community engagement such as playing in schools, attending or participating in masterclasses, performing for community groups, or speaking with students about how and why they chose to play the piano. 

25 MARCH 2022

Sam Reider, accordion | US

Sam Reider is a pianist, accordionist, composer, and educator from San Francisco, California. His work brings together various streams of American music, from jazz and folk tunes to popular song and contemporary composition.

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7-9 JUNE 2022

Oleg Poliansky, piano | Ukraine

Prizewinner of numerous international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and other competitions in Tokyo, Montreal, Marseilles, and Cincinatti, concert pianist Oleg Poliansky brings an intensity to all his performances be it a large concert hall or intimate chamber experience.


“Please express our deep and sincere appreciation to the members of the Quartet for their marvelous performances here at The Towers! Those who attended are still talking about it. What a wonderful treat for us. Thank you for arranging this!”

– “Rocky” Saunders, Board of Directors President at The Towers

“MBAW continues to make a tremendous impact to the lives of San Antonio senior citizens. In reaching a wide range of seniors in nursing homes, assisted living and independent living and other venues they are making a difference.”

– Daniel Laser, Executive Director at Golden Manor Jewish Senior Services

“Thank you so much for the concert! I enjoyed the Russian music, songs, and the terrific instruments that produced such great sounds! Not to mention the great vocals! Do come back soon!”

– Mary A. Luna, Resident of Woodbridge Estates


Department of Arts & Culture
Ford Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Commission on the Arts
Joan & Herb Kelleher
Texas Commission on the Arts
Alice Kleberg Reynolds
Texas Commission on the Arts


Impact SA
Texas Cavaliers
Council Project Funds

Emergency Grants & Relief Funds

Bexar County SSARP

Bexar County

NEA Cares

San Antonio Area Foundation

SA Cares 4 Arts

City of San Antonio

Recovery for the Arts Fund

Texas Commission on the Arts

Recovery for the Arts Fund

San Antonio Area Foundation