Whats Up! by Diana Tatu

December 4, 2013

MBAW Vice President Suhail Arastu takes the stage in “The Nutcracker!”

When Gabriel Zertuche, Artistic Director of Ballet San Antonio called MBAW Vice President Suhail Arastu and asked if he would consider performing in “The Nutcracker” this year, Suhail told him that he was dragged to that ballet every year as a child!  Zertuche said that it’s much more fun when you’re in it, so he agreed to join the cast. Suhail says it’s proven true-he’s come to know a great cast through their rehearsals and first four performances.  He said the Ford/Powell/Carson architect Chris Carson recently returned from a trip to Moscow and compared Friday night’s opening performance to the […]
November 21, 2013

Welcome Diana Tatu, new Executive Administrative Assistant

Exciting news! After a comprehensive selection process we would like to welcome Executive Administrative Assistant Diana Tatu to our fabulous Musical Bridges family! For the first time in our organization’s existence we created a job search, advertising for the position on various sites and received 75 applications. After narrowing to six finalists, the Executive Committee members held interviews at the MBAW office. Three finalists were then selected for a final interview with MBAW Board President Dr. Miller. After this process we decided unanimously to hire Diana Tatu. She will be helping with ongoing MBAW business as well as with the […]
November 15, 2013

Homecoming Special Event

Come join us at Gallery Nord on December 15th at 3pm for this special homecoming concert featuring native Texans Christine Lamprea and Daniel Anastasio.  The concert is free with a suggested $25 tax-deductible donation at the door. Program Pohadka (“Fairy Tale”) — Janacek Cello Sonata in C, op. 65 — Britten I. Dialogo II. Scherzo- pizzicato III. Elegia IV. Marcia Cello Sonata in F major, op. 99 — Brahms I. Allegro vivace II. Adagio affettuoso III. Allegro passionato IV. Allegro molto Pohadka (“Fairy Tale”)    — Janacek Cello Sonata in C, op. 65    — Britten I. Dialogo II. Scherzo- pizzicato III. […]
November 12, 2013

MBAW just completed Russian Phase of the Kids to Concerts World Music Program

The Flying Balalaika Brothers from Austin visited 8 schools (Eisenhower Middle School, Garcia Middle School, Science and Technology Charter School, Vestal Elementary School, Indian Creek Elementary School, Hidden Cove School, Krueger Middle School, and Longfellow Middle School) over three days in November and introduced kids to Russian culture through music, colorful folk costumes and ethnic instruments. STIM, TEKS and STEM focused curriculum was presented during the concert. 7500 kids enjoyed fiery performances and learned some Russian expressions in the process. One of the kids came to the artists after the show and asked if they can take him to Russia […]
November 6, 2013

Musical Bridges presents “Music Without Borders”

From:  On the Town Magazine, Nov-Dec 2013, pages 14-16
November 6, 2013

Welcome Adriana Flores to the MBAW Board

Please join us in welcoming our newest Board member, Adriana Flores! Adriana Flores was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University at College Station with a Bachelors Degree in English, with minors in History and Marketing. She obtained her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for the San Antonio Public Library for 10 years and left as a Branch Manager of the Johnston Library to raise her two young children. Her love of literature, music and education returned her to work with her family business, […]
October 29, 2013

In San Fernando, Thunder and Song

From Incident and Light, October 28, 2013 An oddly bifurcated program, worthily performed, opened the 2013-14 season of the concert series with the very long name. OK. Take a deep breath. Here it is: The Musical Bridges Around the World Judy and Jefferson Crabb Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral. The pianist Mei Rui was on her own for the first half, comprising two towering, often thundering works from the 19th century, Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor and Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni’s (speaking of long names) transcription of the Chaconne from JS Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D […]
September 20, 2013

Welcome Back, Sarah!

Welcome back to our new old Office Manager Sarah Bading Gabriel! Sarah first came to Musical Bridges as the narrator for Carnival of the Animals and Babar the Elephant in 2009. She served as Office Manager from 2010-2011 for MBAW’s 13th Season. After two years living in Austin and the birth of her first child, Sarah returned to MBAW as Event Manager, helping coordinate the very successful 2013 Silent Auction and Fundraising Gala. For the upcoming 16th Season, Sarah was offered the position of full-time Office Manager and moved from Austin to accept. Sarah is very happy to be back […]
September 9, 2013

Welcome Kelly Hamilton!

MBAW is proud to announce our newest Board Member and Marketing Committee Chair, Kelly Hamilton!  Ms. Hamilton is a long time San Antonio resident with an extensive career in writing and Journalism.  As Editorial Director for NSIDE Media Publications she manages the statewide publication, NSIDE TX, as well as several other magazines that fall under the NSIDE umbrella.  Educated at The University of Texas San Antonio and University of the Incarnate Word, Kelly is an avid reader who loves the outdoors and traveling in her spare time.
September 3, 2013

Art Gallery Grand Opening Reception!

MBAW welcomes you to the Grand Opening of our new art gallery, Sat. Oct. 5th from 5:30-8:30pm! We are thrilled to announce our Grand Opening Reception “On the Way to Work” celebrating our long-awaited expansion into our first workspace, starring San Antonio sensation Rex Hausmann!  Mr. Hausmann exhibits nationally and internationally, is the Gallery and Arts Program Director of Hausmann Millworks: a Creative Community in San Antonio, Texas, and the Programs Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporary Art Committee.  He will be showing some of his latest work, including skillful pen and ink drawings, wild paintings, and […]
August 19, 2013

SAISD Meeting

Last Thursday, Aug. 15th, members of MBAW’s Board of Directors and Kids to Concerts committee were invited by Ms. Leticia Chapa, Artist in Education for San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), to present information about Kids to Concerts to SAISD educators.  MBAW Artistic Director and CEO Anya Grohovski, Vice President Suhail Arastu, and Board Members Caleb Gonzales and Awilda I. Ramos shared an informative Power Point presentation about Kids to Concerts and introduced initiatives new this year such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) focused curriculum and the creation of a new downloadable student app!  MBAW’s kid’s day of […]
August 13, 2013

Tobin Tour

Last Wednesday Aug. 7, MBAW participated in a fabulous tour of the Tobin Center of the Performing Arts and Cocktail Reception, welcoming new Tobin President & CEO Mike Fresher to our great city! Organized by MBAW Vice President Suhail Arastu, the afternoon included a 30 minute tour of the expansive construction of the grand arts facility set to open in September 2014, followed by tasty summer cocktails mixed by Jeret Peña of The Brooklynite at the historic Carter House graciously opened by Paul Carter, and jazz by local legends George and Aaron Prado with nibbles and drinks at the Radius […]
July 24, 2013

MBAW’s First Office Space and Art Gallery!

After 15 years of hard-work and growth, MBAW has finally achieved the long dreamed of expansion into our first office and art gallery! Located in beautiful northwest San Antonio, just off of IH-10 West near the Dominion, this lovely new space will house MBAW operations, host Board meetings, and have fun free art events for the community. Beginning this fall, the office and gallery space will host art openings with food, wine and music.  More info coming soon! Congrats MBAW Board, staff, and supporters on this long anticipated accomplishment!
July 9, 2013

Audience Award for Anya!

On July 7, 2013, MBAW Artistic Director Dr. Anya Grokhovski was honored with the Mary B. Eckhardt Round ‘Em Up Award for Audience Development at the Cactus Pear Music Festival, by Artistic Director Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, and CPMF Past President and longtime Musical Bridges member, Dr. Sheila Swartzman. Congratulations, Anya!  Thank you, Cactus Pear Music Festival!
June 27, 2013

Russian Extravaganza!

On May 18th, downtown at the beautiful St. Anthony Hotel, MBAW’s Second Annual Gala and Fundraiser Russian Extravaganza was a great success, raising over $80,000! C o-chairs Dr. Eric Miller and Ms. Reema Shroff worked together to create a truly fabulous fundraiser and gala.  Dr. Miller’s strong leadership combined with Ms. Shroff’s discerning taste and creativity, along with the hard work of the outstanding Gala Committee members, Mr. Suhail Arastu, Dr. Yurii Borshch, Mrs. Polina Boudko, Mrs. Susan C. Franklin, and Ms. Adilya Kleinpeter, all made this evening a one-of-a-kind, cosmopolitan affair to remember! Thank you to Drs. Eric and Michelle Miller of Hunter’s Creek Pharmacy for underwriting the gala, Dr. […]
April 2, 2013


Learn more about Anya’s recent trip to India, as described in San Antonio Medicine
January 15, 2013

Igudesman and Joo Interview

Little Nightmare Music performers, Igudesman and  Joo will be interviewed by John Clare on KPAC, Texas Public Radio, 88.3 F on Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 PM.  Click here to listen to the interview.
January 14, 2013

Musical Bridges Latest Board Members

Musical Bridges Around the World is pleased to announce the addition of two new Board Members, Reema Shroff, JD and Sujata Venkateswar, CPA.  Please join us in welcoming them. Reema Shroff, JD Ms. Shroff holds a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University, School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University with a bachelors of arts in business administration. Ms. Shroff currently serves as a research consultant for several large physician practices and provides marketing, financial and legal services to strengthen their clinical research operations. Previously, Ms. Shroff managed clinical contracting and outsourcing at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and was […]