San Fernando Cathedral

Musical Bridges Around The World

Musical Bridges Around the World begins its annual music festival Saturday.

Founder and Musical Director Anya Grokhovski says the festival, in its fifth year, brings performers from all over the world to play in the Alamo City.


Musical Bridges Around the World

One of San Antonio's longer musical traditions starts up again this Sunday, and the place it's happening seems to affect everyone.

"It's a striking hallowed space, and it never fails, when artists set foot in that space for the first time, the impact that it has," says Suhail Arastu. He's talking about San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio, where the concert is taking place. This performance is a special one.

"Musical Bridges' 20th Anniversary kicks off on Sunday, October first at 7PM at the Cathedral San Fernando."

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The San Fernando Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest and most distinctive buildings and over several centuries, these walls of stone have reverberated with the sound of the faithful. On Nov. 9, they will reflect the sound of two talented musicians, in a very special concert.

“The concert is entitled 'Under the Tuscan Sun.'”

Anya Grokhovski runs Musical Bridges Around the World, the nonprofit behind the event.

Xavier de Richemont

What they’re doing to San Fernando Cathedral tonight will make you see it in a whole new light. Light -- that’s the key word here. Lots and lots of light.

"It’s a video painting of the cathedral," said Xavier de Richemont, who is the one projecting light, pictures, images, and textures onto San Fernando Cathedral. The film, of sorts, is called "San Antonio|The Saga," a chronological telling of the San Antonio story.

"I’m a storyteller telling stories from history," said Richemont. "The Indians, the Comanches and the Spanish coming and the missions being constructed."

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The Main Plaza Conservancy is asking Bexar County to contribute to the funding for a visual art exhibit coming to the San Fernando Cathedral.

Officials hope the artwork will become a national attraction, and have gone to Bexar County commissioners to ask for their support of the project's ongoing maintenance.

Father David Garcia is the director of the Old Spanish Missions, but it was in his additional capacity as a board member of the Main Plaza Conservancy that he went to commissioners to seek support for a new public art project on the plaza.

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