About the Program
Golden Age frees senior living residents of logistical and financial challenges of travel by bringing classical, jazz, and culturally-specific concerts directly to them! Music instills within them a sense of youth, health and vivacity, and breathes new life into our respected elders.
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2022-2023 CONCERT SEASON
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.
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.
ARTE Y PASION
Tamara Adira, dancer & Artistic Director | US
Tamara Adira is a dancer, choreographer, and founder/ Artistic Director of Arte y Pasión, which shares, promotes and develops the authentic art of flamenco as a vehicle of healing, restoration, and the promotion of human rights and equality. Adira leverages her experience in experimental and contemporary performance, with seeds based in her Harvard based John Cage residency during her tenure at MIT.
José Manuel Tejeda, guitar | Cuba
José Manuel Tejeda graduated from The University of Arts in Cuba with emphasis on classical guitar, guitar instruction and professional solo guitar performer. After 13 years of classical guitar training with Master Guitarists, he began to focus on flamenco. He had the opportunity to perform in the most important theaters in the country such as: Gran Teatro de La Habana, The National Theater of Cuba, and plays with as part of Atash, Alante Flamenco, and Arte y Pasión.
La Memphi, vocals | Canada
La Memphi is a unique combination of musician, recording artist, producer, arranger, songwriter, and flamenco artist. Born in Canada, she has toured across Canada, US, Mexico, Spain, Colombia and Guatemala, showcasing at Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and open for legendary songstress Ana Gabriel. Throughout the years she has had the privilege of studying with some of the most prominent figures in Flamenco .
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.
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“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