Can you believe it is very nearly Spring already??? As Summer approaches, Musical Bridges Around the World’s 13th Season is nearing an end, and we are excitedly preparing for number 14! We are still finalizing all acts, but the overview for next season is as follows:
2011-2012, 14th Season
October 2, 2011: Mozart and Salieri and Indian Fest
We present the one-act opera in two scenes, Mozart and Salieri, by Rimsky-Korsakov, performed by world-famous Russian Baritone Bass, Nikita Storojev (Salieri), and Chicago tenor, Michael Burgess (Mozart). The opera will be staged with period furniture and costumes, and presented in Russian with English subtitles.
The second part of the concert is a first-time partnership with the local Indian community, presenting a 45 minute concert of classical Indian music, represented by Indian singer Sujata Venkateswar, as well as a taste of Indian pop. At the end of the show, students from local Indian dance schools will perform on stage and in the foyer.
December 12, 2011: Golden Fingers and Golden Toes
Golden Fingers, an international group of seven pianists hailing from Mexico, Russia, Georgia, Belorussia, Germany and the United States, will present an exciting, eccentric program of pianists in different combinations, culminating with Liszt’s “Hexameron” for seven pianists.
Golden Toes, four classical ballet dancers from New York, will present the WORLD PREMIER of the new ballet “Fables,” created by world-famous ballet mistress, Elena Kunikova. The ballet will include interludes, with narrator and pianists.
January 23, 2012: Beethoven in the style of Jazz.
We are partnering with the San Antonio Symphony in the City-Wide Beethoven Festival, presenting an international collaboration between Valery Grokhovski, piano, Boris Andrionav, cello, Mark Cheikhet, violin, and local Jazz musicians (TBA), in a one of a kind original program of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach in Jazz and original styles.
February 19, 2012: “Monk’s Dream: Fifty Years Fresh”
Benny Green Trio, with special guest Donald Harrison
“…an all-around piano man for his time.” – Boston Herald?
Berkeley native Benny Green is renowned for small group interpretations of classic compositions by the likes of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner and George Gershwin. On this outing he tackles what might be considered the Holy Grail for any jazz pianist; the unmistakable artistry of Thelonious Monk. “Monk’s Dream: 50 Years Fresh” sees him breathing new life into compositions that need no introduction and yet still bend the ear with the same fascination as the day they were written. Driven by his heavy hitting quartet, Donald Harrison (alto saxophone), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums), Green’s music swings with serious chops and impeccable taste.
May 6, 2012: Caribbean Express
The final show of the 14th season will feature dancers from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands, presenting a program of festive Caribbean folk dances. We will take a virtual tour of the islands, as we experience their diverse musical heritage. The award-winning accompanying group of Puerto Rican musicians will wow audiences with their virtuosity.