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August 8, 2014  7:30 P.M.   Zipper Hall - Colburn School of Music   Los Angeles, California     

Gala Benefit  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

The non-profit organization, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles will present Cuatro Corridos on August 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles.   The gala benefit will include the performance of the critically acclaimed opera and a post performance reception.   

 

 

Celebrating its 85th anniversary, The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit, public interest law firms in the USA. It serves more than one million poor and low-income people in the greater Los Angeles area and has worked tirelessly on behalf of victims of human trafficking. LAFLA’s Executive Director Silvia R. Argueta says of the event, “We feel that Cuatro Corridos is a beautiful, engaging, and innovative way for our organization to draw attention to this critical issue.”

Cuatro Corridos had its first performance at the Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University of California, San Diego in May, 2013, with subsequent performances in Tijuana, Dallas, and Albuquerque. The innovative project seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking by offering public forums in conjunction with performances. Cuatro Corridos has been the recipient of support from the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, UC MEXUS, and most recently, by the National Endowment for the Arts.   

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April 17, 2014   Cuatro Corridos receives NEA ARTWORKS Grant

SAN DIEGO, CA — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Cuatro Corridos Chamber Opera, which was developed and premiered at University of California, San Diego, is one of 36 opera projects nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Cuatro Corridos is recommended for a grant to support an upcoming East Coast tour of Boston, New York and Washington D.C.

Cuatro Corridos addresses one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, it tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The NEA is pleased to announce that the Cuatro Corridos chamber opera project is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation'sartists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."

UCSD professor and Cuatro Corridos artistic director, Susan Narucki says of receiving the NEA grant,“I am honored that our project has been selected to receive support from the NEA. Our goal is to bring the project to new audiences and tell the stories of these women whose voices need to be heard. We believe that the music of our time can be a significant force in raising awareness. Receiving an ArtWorks grant tells me we are the on right track."

 Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.

The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.


April 7, 2014
University of New Mexico - John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The centerpiece of the 2014 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium will be anexciting new multi-media chamber opera that brings important social and political issues to the stage. The symposium will take place from April 5-10 and will feature concerts every evening, complemented by a daytime schedule of workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses. All events on the University of New Mexico campus are free.

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An unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and United States-based creative artists, Cuatro Corridos is based on true events and tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery across the U.S.-Mexico border. The opera will be performed at 7:30  p.m. April 7 at the South Broadway Cultural Center, with a pre-performance panel on human trafficking.


October 4, 2013
Nasher Sculpture Center
Dallas, Texas

Cuatro Corridos performed at Nasher Sculpture Center's critically acclaimed series Soundings: New Music at the Nasher in Dallas. Soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Aleck Karis, guitarist Pablo Gomez and percussionist Ayano Kataoka performed. A public forum on human trafficking featuring Bill Bernstein and Tasha McGhie of Mosaic Family Services followed the performance. 

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The performance earned critical acclaim in D Magazine and Theater Jones and was named one of the top ten performances in Dallas for  2013. 


September 28, 2013   Casa de la Cultura    Tijuana, B.C. Mexico

Cuatro Corridos formed a unique bi-national partnership with IMAC (the Municipal Institute for Art and Culture) in Tijuana to host a free performance on September 28, 2013 in the historic Casa de la Cultura Theater. The performance was preceded by a Spanish language forum on human trafficking with Alma Tucker and Manolo Guillén from the International Network of Hearts, Yetzira Shandiel Alonso from Grupo Apoyo, and Sara Amelia Espinosa Islas from the Universidad Iberoamericana de Tijuana.

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September 28, 2013
Cultural Excursion to the First International Performance of Cuatro Corridos in Tijuana

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Cuatro Corridos partnered with Turista Libre, a modern tour service providing cultural day trips throughout Northern Baja, to create an enriching excursion for those from points north who wanted to attend the performance and experience the new Tijuana.

The tour included  a brief tour of the downtown “pasajes” described by the New York Times as “Tijuana’s true new cultural nexus,”, attendance of the chamber opera performance and post performance reception. 

Tijuana is alive with an organic cultural vibrancy; from individual efforts such as Miguel Buenrostro’s attempts to reactivate Tijuana’s beautiful abandoned spaces, to community based projects like Opera en la Calle or the grassroots rejuvenation of some of the city's deserted tourist shopping corridors.



May 8, 2013 World Premiere
Conrad Prebys Music Center, Experimental Theater
University of California, San Diego  

The world premiere of Cuatro Corridos at the Conrad Prebys Music Center's Experimental Theater at the University of California, San Diego. The fully-staged, one-hour production featured UCSD Department of Music faculty soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Aleck Karis, percussionist Steven Schick, and guitarist Pablo Gomez.

Read Mark Swed's LA Times review here

photo: Karen Guancione

photo: Karen Guancione

May 9, 2013
University of California, San Diego

Two free public events were held May 9th, 2013, at the Conrad Prebys Experimental Theater. An 11 a.m. panel discussion that featured Jorge Volpi and all four composers that focused on the development of the work and its place in their larger artistic concerns.

A second forum at 2 p.m. included Mr. Volpi and experts on human trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana border region including: Elizabeth Aguilera, reporter from San Diego Union Tribune, Coleen Lassegard, Caring Residents of Carlsbad/La Posada Homeless Shelter, Daliah Setareh, Senior Attorney at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Dr. Jay Silverman, Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health at UCSD.


May 10, 2013
Conrad Prebys Music Center, Experimental Theater
University of California, San Diego   

The second performance of Cuatro Corridos at the Conrad Prebys Music Center's Experimental Theater at the University of California, San Diego. The fully-staged, one-hour production features UCSD Department of Music faculty soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Aleck Karis, percussionist Steven Schick, and guitarist Pablo Gomez.

May 11, 2013
Conrad Prebys Music Center, Experimental Theater
University of California, San Diego

The closing night performance of Cuatro Corridos at the Conrad Prebys Music Center's Experimental Theater at the University of California, San Diego. The fully-staged, one-hour production features UCSD Department of Music faculty soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Aleck Karis, percussionist Steven Schick, and guitarist Pablo Gomez.


The journey begins. Cuatro Corridos musicians in the earliest stages of exploration, at Yellow Barn's Artist Residency. Photo: Zachary Stephens

The journey begins. Cuatro Corridos musicians in the earliest stages of exploration, at Yellow Barn's Artist Residency. Photo: Zachary Stephens

March 23 - 30, 2013
Putney, Vermont
Yellow Barn Artist Residency

Members of the  team joined for a week-long residency at Yellow Barn in Putney, Vermont which allowed them to focus intensely on the musical preparation of Cuatro Corridos  in advance of its world premiere in San Diego in May, 2013. Soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Aleck Karis, guitarist Pablo Gomez, percussionist Ayano Kataoka, librettist Jorge Volpi, and composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez participated in this residency which was sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States; UC MEXUS.

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March 30, 2013
Next Stage, Putney, Vermont
Preview Concert/Discussion

The Cuatro Corridos  Yellow Barn Artist Residency culminated with a performance of excerpts from the chamber opera and a panel discussion of the project focusing on the collaborative process and the role of artists in creating public awareness regarding broader social issues. The performance features soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Aleck Karis, guitarist Pablo Gomez and percussionist Ayano Kataoka. Librettist Jorge Volpi and composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez joined in the discussion.