I felt called to compose La Frontera (The Border). a setting of the poem for SATB + piano. The poem bears witness to the struggles of an undocumented youth trying to immigrate, but held in a maximum security detention center in the US. Information about the piece and free download of the scores are available here. Performance royalties will go to the Detained Children’s Program of CAIR, as do profits from the book Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum Security Detention, published by Settlement House Books. Thanks go also to poet Seth Michelson, who led poetry workshops in one of these centers resulting in these poems.
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