Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) is a nonprofit performing arts organization with the mission to unite, educate, and inspire through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming. Musical Bridges programming allows the young, the old, the economically disadvantaged, and those from different cultures and countries to access their own cultural identity through the arts, free of charge. MBAW public programs reach over 80,000 people annually.
MBAW's International Music Festival includes six concerts that are free and open to the public: three at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater and three at the San Fernando Cathedral. Additionally, a grand finale concert at the Empire Theater featuring Russian music, dance, food, and drink.