chorus and Andean ensemble
Twin Cities-based choral ensemble Border CrosSing was founded in 2017 by Ahmed Anzaldúa as a response to a lack of representation of Latin American culture in choral music in the United States. In its first five years it has grown into a vibrant organization with several programs and has expanded beyond Latin American repertoire, with a mission to integrating historically segregated audiences and musicians through the performance of choral music. The ensemble has received international recognition as a recipient of the 2020 Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America and ASCAP following summer 2019 performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos with the Minnesota Orchestra. Border CrosSing’s programming includes the Puentes concert series centered on Latin American culture and history, community singing events and workshops; educational concerts throughout Minnesota; the Heritage Choir, a community chorus centered on exploring cultural heritage; and a sheet music series distributed by Graphite Publishing. Border CrosSing recently released its first album, Un milagro de fe, on the Bridge Records label.