Unity Fest

2-5 February 2023

FREE & Open To the Public!

Ticket registration is required per event. Registration Opens 1 January 2023.

UnityFest creates meaningful connections through cross-cultural collaborations & celebrates our common humanity. A union of classical & contemporary music from near and far defines our place in this melting pot that is San Antonio.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

If you would prefer to register directly on Eventbrite, click here. Ticket registration opens 1 January 2023 for all events unless noted.

Best Music Festival

Silver Jubilee: Celebrating the Founders | 7 PM Thursday 2 February

Buena Vista Theater, UTSA Downtown Campus

Join the MBAW founders & friends to launch UNITYFest! Anya Grokhovski, Valeri Grokhovski, Zlatan Redzic, Darren Kuper, Mark Cheikhet, Elena Portnaya, Veronica Williams, & Agarita Chamber Ensemble. Read More on the Event Page

World Music Festival

Jazz Masters | 7 PM Friday 3 February

Jo Long Theatre, Carver Community Cultural Center

One of the leading ensembles in jazz, The Bill Charlap Trio is Grammy-winning pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, & percussionist Kenny Washington who are known for their masterful performances from the American songbook and jazz composer greats. Read More on the Event Page

International Festival for Musicians

Tea for Two | 7 PM Saturday 4 February

Coates Chapel, Southwest School of Art

Russian-French piano duo Ludmila BerlinskayaArthur Ancelle will perform dazzling two-piano arrangements from Saint Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, & Tsfasman’s Jazz Suite. Read More on the Event Page

International Music Program

East Meets West | 2 PM Sunday 5 February

H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

French-Korean concert pianist & Gurwitz 2020 Silver medalist Yedam Kim returns to San Antonio to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 & Dvorák’s New World Symphony with the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra, directed by Seokwon Hong. The orchestra will also perform Korean folk song “Arirang”.  Read More on the Event Page

– Special Paid Event –

International Music Festival 2022

Silver Soirée: Awards Cocktail | 5 PM Sunday 5 February 2023

Peacock Alley, St. Anthony Hotel – $100

Toast to a quarter century of music-making at Musical Bridges Around the World with founders and sponsors & an evening of jazz, champagne & hors d’oeuvres.

Help Keep This Festival Free & Open to the Public!

Ticket/Registration & DAY OF information

Silver Jubilee, Jazz Masters, & Tea for Two (Click to Expand)

How to Register for Free Tickets

  1. Click the button under each event on this page, on its listing on the MBAW calendar, or directly on Eventbrite via computer or tablet/phone app.
  2. Enter your amount of tickets, add your information & click “Register”.
  3. Depending on where you registered, you will receive a registration confirmation email with your tickets included as a PDF attachment &/or tickets added to your Eventbrite app.
  4. If tickets are at capacity, a waitlist procedure will be in place. See more information on that below.

What to Present at the Door

Please have your digital or print ticket(s) ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code(s) for each ticket(s) you have. (On the PDF, each ticket QR code is on a separate page.)

Doors, Seating, Performance Time

Seating is unassigned. Doors will open at 6 PM to ticket registrants, & 6:30 PM to anyone on the waitlist or any walk-ins. The performance is at 7 PM sharp. (Overflow for Silver Jubilee at the UTSA Buena Vista Theater will be available in the adjacent Aula Canaria. More info on that on the event page.)

Waitlist Procedure

Because capacity is limited, a waitlist will be enabled when tickets reach 500 capacity for UTSA venues, & 650 for Carver venue. MBAW will check in with ticket holders multiple times leading up to the concert if they are still coming & any cancellations will open ticket registration to those first on the waitlist. Because it is a free event, MBAW will open available seating to anyone still on the waitlist (& any walk-ins) at 6:30 PM, 30 minutes before the performance. Seating is unassigned.

East Meets West (Click to Expand)

How to Register for Free

  1. Unlike the other events, the Tobin Center Box Office is managing the free ticketing process. Attendees must reserve free voucher(s) to be exchanged at the Tobin Box Office on the day of the event for their tickets/entry. One voucher equals one ticket, and up to 7 vouchers may be reserved via the Tobin Center’s online registration platform, Tobi (must create or login to a free Tobi account). For parties of 8 or more, please contact the Tobin Center Box Office

  2. To reserve your free voucher(s), click on the button for the event above or go directly to the Tobin website here.
  3. Please read and follow the Tobin Center’s voucher reservation instructions to get your voucher(s). You may need to create a free Tobi ticket account if you do not already have one.
  4. Note: There will be no waitlist procedure like the other events.

 

Exchanging Vouchers for Tickets

Once you get your voucher confirmation email, you can either print your vouchers or present them via mobile device to the Tobin Center Box Office on the day of the event to exchange them for tickets. The box office will open on the day as early as 10 AM. 

Doors, Seating, Performance Time

Doors will open for seating at 1 PM. Present your tickets to ushers and you will be seated according to space available as seating is unassigned. (Orchestra level first, followed by Mezzanine & Balcony until full). The performance begins at 2 PM sharp.

Silver Soirée: Awards Cocktail (Click to Expand)

How to Purchase Tickets

  1. Click the button under each event on this page, on its listing on the MBAW calendar, or directly on Eventbrite via computer or tablet/phone app.
  2. Enter your amount of tickets, add your information & click “Buy Tickets”.
  3. Depending on where you registered, you will receive a registration confirmation email with your tickets included as a PDF attachment &/or tickets added to your Eventbrite app.

What to Present at the Door

Please have your digital or print ticket(s) ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code(s) for each ticket(s) you have. (On the PDF, each ticket QR code is on a separate page.) If you forget your ticket, an attendant can still check you in via name.

Event Time & Additional Info

Event will start at 5PM. If you attend East Meets West at the Tobin Center beforehand, the St. Anthony Hotel is a short walk away, so it is recommended you just leave your car parked and walk over. More parking options are listed in the Locations & Parking section on the page below.

LOCATIONS & PARKING INFORMATION

Buena Vista Theater
UTSA Downtown Campus
501 W. César Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78207
Free Parking on Cattleman’s Square Lot north of the theater building across Buena Vista Street.
Jo Long Theatre
Carver Community Cultural Center
226 N Hackberry St, San Antonio, TX 78202
Free Parking in Carver Administration, Carver Academy & St. Paul lots, and along Center St & Gibbs St by the Freidrich building.

 
Coates Chapel
UTSA Southwest – School of Art
 

Free parking in venue’s small lot, ride-sharing/carpooling is recommended. Overflow parking available for $5 flat rate at Central Library Garage at 600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 7820. A handy campus map showing the venue’s small lot parking (letter P) and the Coates Chapel (#5) can be found here.

H-E-B Performance Hall
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205
Parking is available in the Tobin Center Parking Garage for $15. Any nearby City paystations or meters (see City logo) are FREE on Sundays. St. Mary’s garage

Peacock Alley
St. Anthony Hotel
Location is 0.3 miles away (5 min walk) from Tobin Center. You can either park in Tobin Center Parking Garage and walk over, park in a nearby garage (St. Mary’s Garage or Houston Street Garage), or valet at St. Anthony Hotel for $49.

Sponsors & Partners

We thank our UNITYFest 2023 sponsor & partners for helping to make these events free to the community!

National Endowment for the Arts
Department of Arts & Culture
Department of Arts & Culture
Department of Arts & Culture
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Council Project Funds

MBAW Operational & Community Sponsors/Partners