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 in private homes.

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