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Photo: Sheet Music (Photo: m kasahara, cropped.) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

“The Immigrants”

Concert and Webinar

Photo: Sheet Music (Photo: m kasahara, cropped.) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The Center for the Study of International Migration is delighted to present a concert/webinar featuring “The Immigrants”, a musical description of the immigrant experience, written by Mexican composer, Sergio Barer.

The concert features four short works -- “Why Did I Come Here?”, "The Crossing", “Work” and, last, “Should I Stay or Should I Leave?” -- all based on interviews that Mr Barer conducted with immigrants. Each piece is about 4 minutes long; the videos have English subtitles.

In this concert/webinar, we will hear the works and engage in discussion with the composer.

Sergio Barer is a composer and pianist born in Mexico City, where he studied with Cuban pianists Marcia Freyre de Andrade, before working with pianists Mario Feininger and Ian Brooks in the United States. He made his pianistic debut in Mexico in 1985. In the 1990s, he started to compose. In 2005, he recorded his CD, “Almost Songs”, which was called “sensational listening” by the Jamestown Post-Journal. In 2006 ERM Music recorded his First Piano Concerto and issued it as part of its masterworks series. He is the composer in residence of the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale. He was named 2019 McKnight Visiting Composer by the American Composer Forum and he wrote “The Immigrants”, a work in four movements about Mexican immigrants in Minneapolis as part of his residency.

Roger Waldinger is the Distinguished Professor and Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration

Register to attend here.

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Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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