The conception of An Immigrant's Journey started in the Miami Children's Chorus many years ago. From its diverse programming to its commissioned works, MCC has understood the value of inclusion. This project, sponsored in part by The Miami Foundation through its Community Grants program, seeks to build community by focusing on two populations – Haiti and Venezuela.
Composer Sydney Guillaume states: "We have to get past thinking of Haiti only in terms of hurricanes and election monitoring." This is the 7th MCC commission of Mr. Guillaume. Praised by the Miami Herald for their “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction”, Sydney Guillaume’s compositions are known to be intricate, challenging and yet highly spirited. They promote human values and are full of heart and passion. His latest piece for MCC Réfugié Mon Frère exemplifies that standard in a momentous way. It is written for string quartet, piano and children's chorus.
Composer Cristian Grases is an Associate Professor in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Most recently he conducted the 2018 Florida All-State Middle School Treble Chorus in a groundbreaking program that featured a brand new composition written by him for the occasion. For the MCC he has crafted La Esperanza del Caminante. It is also written for string quartet, piano and children's chorus. Dr. Grases says, "For us migrants, parting with one’s home is an experience filled with internal conflict. It implies leaving all that is familiar: our family and friends, our food, our culture and traditions, our language, our scenery and smells, our weather, our music, and so much more. Even though leaving our countries might be a necessary choice, it is filled with nostalgia."
ABOUT THE MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHORUS
The Miami Children’s Chorus provides opportunities for all to experience the joy of making music using choral music as the delivery mode. Children age 8-18 can participate in one of three developing levels of ensemble in weekly rehearsals.
The Miami Children’s Chorus is supported, in part, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Coral Gables; the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; The Miami Foundation; the Miami Marlins Foundation and Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.