Grant to Musical Bridges to Help Bring World-Class Performing Artists to Alamo City

Submitted by Rudy Arispe on October 15, 2015 - 4:09pm

Thanks to a generous grant from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, San Antonians and tourists alike will continue to enjoy free performances by world class musicians during Musical Bridges Around the World's concert series “Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral” by sponsoring artistic fees for the visiting performing artists.

“This grant is a strong validation and testament to the exceptional quality of our programming and its cultural impact on the San Antonio community and tourists,” Anya Grokhovski, MBAW founder and artistic director, said. “The Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Art's gift will allow us to continue to make these concerts accessible to everyone by providing them for free.”

The concert series, which will now be named “Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral,” continues at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 with “Troika” – Duo AleAnya (Anya Grokhovski and Alena Gorina–piano four hands) will be joined by Mark Cheikhet on violin in a one-of-a-kind virtuoso highlighting the Golden Era repertoire by Kreisler and Rachmaninoff, among others.

Other concerts include: Jan. 17, 2016: “Café Colombia” – Part of the Las Americas–city wide music festival, harpist Edmar Castaneda  will take San Antonio by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command.

April 10, 2016: “Sakura” – Three outstanding international artists and members of The Silk Road Ensemble will come together for Sakura, the Japanese term for “cherry blossom.” The program will include selections of traditional Japanese music and its modern journey around the world.

May 15, 2016: “Silk Sojourn” – Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble will join Shane Shanahan, a Grammy Award winning percussionist who “combines drumming traditions from all over the world to create “a heartbeat of humanity” according to the Boston Globe.

The Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral was designed after the European model of free concerts in historic destinations such as Venice, Florence and Amsterdam. The  Sunday evening concerts entice listeners to explore the location of several buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

San Fernando Cathedral is a historical and architectural jewel in our city center. This combination of free world-class concerts and captivating architecture has become a draw for residents of downtown, MBAW followers, and innumerable tourists. MBAW is working with the Main Plaza Conservancy to co-promote its concerts alongside Xavier de Richemont’s projection of ‘Saga’ to create an enriching, distinct San Antonio experience. 

Musical Bridges Around the World is a cultural and educational nonprofit organization focused on creating one-of-a-kind, multicultural performances by internationally renowned classical, jazz, and ethnic folk musicians and performing artists. Performances benefit the public and at-risk youth, while fostering San Antonio’s reputation as a cosmopolitan cultural center and promoting tourism and development. For more information, visit www.musicalbridges.org or call (210) 464-1534.