Welcome to Musical Bridges Around the World's 18th Season!
MBAW enters its 18th season with great creative spirit, the expansion of our community outreach - Kids to Concerts and Golden Age programs, our third annual International Music Festival, an Art Gallery to call home and a year full of spectacular artistic projects!
Our International Music Festival – in it’s third year - will take place from February 12 - 21, 2016. The festival will offer five culturally diverse productions handcrafted into world-class masterpieces by yours truly and presented in a variety of San Antonio performance venues: McAllister Auditorium, Laurie Auditorium, Empire Theater, Aztec Theater and Carver Cultural Center.
MBAW’s innovative, cutting-edge international programing includes a brilliant parade of exceptionally talented artists. Guest performers include: Charles Lloyd & Bill Frisell - legends of American Jazz; Sandeep Das of India and Kayhan Kalhor of Iran - both members of the Silk Road Ensemble; Russian Cellist Boris Andrianov - Tchaikovsky competition winner; Ballet Dancers from New York’s Joffrey Theater; and the Flying Balalaika Brothers from Austin just to name a few! You will be taken on a journey around the world of talent, charisma, and out-of-this-world music!
We are visionaries of a perfect world. We unite people one concert at a time by producing unique, multicultural performances. We educate, entertain and develop new audiences. We put talented, creative faces on tragic international news. We break stereotypes, we start conversations, we open people’s eyes and minds. We believe that exposure to the world’s cultures will change perceptions.
Music enriches our lives by bringing us closer together while celebrating our cultural diversity. The MBAW International Music Festival is living proof that all cultures can live in peace!
Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral presents five outstanding international performances by eminent artists from all over the globe, including the youngest member of the Houston Grand Opera studio - Armenian Soprano Mane Galoyan; member of the Silk Road Ensemble - Syrian Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh; and Japanese Koto & Shamisen player and songwriter - Sumie Kaneko and Kaoru Watanabe specializing in Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums. Our collaboration with the city-wide Las Americas Festival will present Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. These enchanting performances will continue to attract tourists and residents to our nation’s oldest, active cathedral on Main Plaza - all completely free of charge!
MBAW’s educational outreach program Kids to Concerts is expanding and transforming. This season we plan to offer 50 in-school performances introducing area students to cultures with vibrant concerts accompanied by STEM focused lesson plans and online evaluations. We strive to ensure that San Antonio youth, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances, are exposed to world music and culture. Our engaging educational performances provide teachers with the tools to integrate their curriculums, bringing music of the world directly into classrooms, at no charge to the schools visited.
Golden Age was born in 2015 and quickly became a gem for San Antonio retirement communities. The goal of this program is to positively impact the lives of senior citizens many of whom, due to poor health and limited mobility are unable to travel to outside performances. MBAW produces concerts in 10 local retirement communities every year reaching more than 4,000 seniors. These presentations lift the spirits of residents and improves their quality of life. As stated in Assisted Living Today,“Studies continue to demonstrate the positive impact music has on patients suffering from all forms of neurological disorders, including dementia."
We continue our Musica Viva! salon series for members in alluring art galleries and museums around San Antonio. This year for the second time we marry music with the visual arts presenting concerts in select locations that will inspire and surprise our patrons! Musical Bridges' members at the $1,000+ level are invited to enjoy intimate performances and mingle with world-renowned artists over fine wine and theme-inspired cuisine. Proceeds from Musica Viva! support Kids to Concerts.
Together with our partnering performing arts organizations, we are well on our way to making San Antonio a cosmopolitan cultural center! Become a member of Musical Bridges and help us realize this vision as San Antonio transforms into a world-class hub for music & art. Your contribution at any level makes a difference. MBAW is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving nearly 80,000 individuals annually.
It is only with your support that we are able to offer the San Antonio community live entertainment of the highest caliber. Thirty percent of our budget is funded by public and private foundation grants and local corporate sponsorships. The other seventy percent comes from fundraisers, membership, ticket sales, and friends like you.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the concerts!
Anya Grokhovski, DMA
Artistic Director & CEO