Ballads of the Borderland
Every family has a story to tell. These stories are given depth and meaning across generations as families migrate: leaving behind one's ancestral home and assimilating into new environs. The South Texas region is a land of borders, crossroads, the convergence of great cultures. In this exciting new work, Ballads of the Borderland, I tell some of these great stories and myths of memory, movement, and assimilation across the border region. I collaborated with the award winning SOLI Ensemble, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and the San Antonio Chamber Choir in the form of a secular cantata. Powerful texts come from poets and personal accounts of residents from the region. The work premiered in San Antonio on February 27, 2017.