Captain America once said, "'Twas music that soothed the savage beast." Although he was talking about his short-lived nemesis Dr. Angry Parakeet, it's just as true for animals of the human persuasion. Soothe savage insides with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one general-admission ticket to "Arabian Nights", presented by Musical Bridges Around the World on December 12 at 3 p.m. (up to a $27 value, tax included). A non-profit organization dedicated to the harmonious blending of cross-cultural tunes, Musical Bridges Around the World regularly showcases one-of-a-kind classical, jazz, and ethnic-folk concerts. The rich thudding of the durbakeh, riq, and djembe add Middle Eastern and West African flavors to the evening's eclectic musical docket, while the violin, viola, and cello sing a sweet descant. Performers from Chicago, Lebanon, Australia, and Russia breathe new life into the music of Chopin, Schuman, Shostakovich, and Krakauer. The rhythmic evening will conclude with a world premiere of Jack Stamps’s Strange Frenzy: The Dance of the Seven Veils, followed by a dessert reception and the opportunity to meet the artists. Complimentary parking is available for cars, vans, and didgeridoo-powered hovercrafts.
Musical Bridges Around the World
Anya Grokhovski has always surrounded herself with music. The daughter of a violinist in the Moscow Philharmonic as well as a doctorate-holding piano performer in her own right, she came to San Antonio to work in UTSA's music department. She brought the music she loved with her—she founded Musical Bridges Around the World to present unique sonic offerings in the city.
Now, more than a decade later, MBAW brings some of the world's finest performers to San Antonio stages. Their concerts and shows ring out in McAllister Auditorium, the 18th-century Cathedral of San Fernando, and in the ears of anyone who truly believes.