Art and Activism

Since its world premiere in May, 2013, Cuatro Corridos has been successful in fostering collaborations and partnerships between cultural, academic, civic, and nonprofit institutions, providing a platform where artists  public sector experts, academic and the public can come together to discuss the problem of human trafficking.  Cuatro Corridos is one of many projects which in art and activism are co-joined.  Our performances in San Diego, Tijuana, Dallas, Albuquerque and Los Angeles have brought together a host of individuals who do the difficult daily work of providing aid to victims of human trafficking.   They make a difference in the lives of individuals facing insurmountable odds.  We invite you to get to know their work.

San Diego, CA - May 2013

UC San Diego  May 9, 2013      

UC San Diego  May 9, 2013      

The world premiere of Cuatro Corridos took place in  San Diego at UC San Diego's  Conrad Prebys Music Center in May, 2013 with support from  UC MEXUS, an academic research institute dedicated to encouraging binational collaborative programs, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and UC San Diego.  

Two free public events were presented in conjunction with the opera's opening weekend.  Librettist Jorge Volpi, soprano Susan Narucki and all four composers discussed the piece in relation to their artistic practice.  In addition, Volpi and Narucki joined the following regional experts for a discussion of human trafficking in the San Diego - Tijuana border region:

    •    Dr. Jay Silverman, Professor UC Center for Global Public Health,
    •    Daliah Setareh, Attorney    Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
    •    Elizabeth Aguilera,  Reporter   San Diego Union Tribune,
    •    Coleen Lassengard, Community Activist

Tijuana, B.C.  Mexico  - September 2013


Casa de la Cultura  September 28, 2013

Casa de la Cultura  September 28, 2013

Cuatro Corridos had its  international premiere in Tijuana, B.C.  in September 2013.  It was presented with support from the MAP Fund and

    •    IMAC (Institute Municipale Arte y Cultura): Elsa Arnaiz Rosas/Director of IMAC,
    •    Carmen Garcia Montano/Director of Casa De La Cultura,
    •    Walter H. Padilla Ramirez/Bi-national Liason of IMAC,
    •    The Baja California Orchestra, Centro De Artes Musicales/Maestro Jorge Fernando Pena, Hector Octarula and Gibran Resendiz.

The forum preceding the performance included:
    •    Red Binational Corazones (Int'l Network of Hearts)/Alma Tucker, Manolo Guillen and “Rosa,”
    •    Groupa Apoyo/Yetzira Shandiel Alonso,
    •    Universidad Iberoamericana De Tijuana/Sara Amelia Espinosa.

Dallas, TX - October 2013

The October 2013 performance at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas was part of the acclaimed Soundings Chamber Music series.  It was followed by a forum featuring the performers and representatives Bill Bernstein and Tasha McGhie from the Mosaic Family Services Foundation which provides legal representation, counseling, and shelter to trafficked people.

Albuquerque, NM - April 2014

South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque  N.M.

South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque  N.M.

The April 2014 performance in Albuquerque, New Mexico was the centerpiece of the UNM’s John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium and represented partnership with UNM’s College of Fine Arts, the Latin American & Iberian Institute, the Chicana & Chicano Studies Department, and the Feminist Research Institute.

Additionally, Cuatro Corridos was presented at the South Broadway Cultural Center, free and open to the public, with the generous support of the City of Albuquerque.