The San Diego Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere this week of a new classical work that is a collaboration between a Mexican composer and the former U.S. Poet Laureate.
Alvarez and Herrera, a San Diego native, created the work with the intention to “in some way, deal with the calamitous phenomenon of immigration.”
The poem and accompanying music are “a poignant lament of a youngster lost in the haze of circumstances that ignore him, a child mislaid in the solitude, events and delusions that encircle his jumbled experience as an immigrant, ” Alvarez said.
Commissioned by the symphony, the work was composed in the spring of this year. It has been scored for orchestra, narrator and four vihuelas, a guitar-like instrument commonly used in Mariachi bands.
The premiere comes amid controversy over the caravan of several thousand migrants slowly making their way through Central America to the U.S. border in what President Trump calls an “invasion.”
The new work will be performed Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Rush Hour 2.0 concert series, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, as part of the Jacobs Masterworks series, and again on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available online.
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