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Borderlands Ensemble

The Borderlands Ensemble believes that classical music should be fun. After many years playing together in the Tucson Symphony, Johanna Lundy, horn, Ellen Chamberlain and Joseph Rousos-Hammond, violins, Sarah Toy and Ann Weaver, violas, and Robert Chamberlain, cello decided to break out. The Borderlands Ensemble was formed as a means to connect face-to-face with audiences in intimate and unexpected locations. The ensemble presents music ranging from Mozart to new works by living composers. The ensemble has performed across Arizona, in breweries, biker bars, coffee houses and other fine establishments, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Tucson), the Loft Cinema, and with the Downtown Chamber Series (Phoenix).

Place and Identity in the Borderlands:

A special project is currently underway exploring the shared cultural identity of Arizona and Mexico. The Borderlands Ensemble will join special guests, guitarist José Luis Puerta and Luis Coronado Guel, Mexican historian, to perform and discuss new music by American and Mexican composers, blending across cultures and genres. Works by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Jay Vosk, Charles Daniels Torres, and Alejandro Vera will be combined with familiar popular tunes evoking place and identity. Four original paintings by local mural artist Jessica Gonzales will travel to all the performances.

Special thanks to the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, the Fred Fox School of Music, and the Tucson Guitar Society for their support of this project.

Full Concert Schedule:

March 22 Borderlands Ensemble with special guest José Luis Puerta, guitar. Premiere performance! 5:30pm, Galeria Mitotera, South Tucson, AZ. Free admission. Afterparty at Saint Charles Tavern.

April 4 Borderlands Ensemble with special guest José Luis Puerta, guitar, and Dr. Luis Coronado Guel, Mexican historian. 7pm, Holsclaw Hall, The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, Tucson, AZ. Free Admission.

April 11 Borderlands Ensemble with special guest José Luis Puerta, guitar. 7pm, Borderlands Brewery, Tucson, AZ.

April 26 Borderlands Ensemble with special guest José Luis Puerta, guitar. 1:30pm, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ. Free with Tohono Chul Park admission ($15 adult, $6 child). More info here.

May 7 Borderlands Ensemble with special guest José Luis Puerta, guitar. 7pm, Prison Hill Brewery, Yuma, AZ. Free Admission.

May 8 Borderlands Ensemble with special guest José Luis Puerta, guitar. 6pm, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Facultad de Artes, Ensenada, MX. Free Admission.

May 9 Borderlands Ensemble with special guest José Luis Puerta, guitar. Details TBD, Tijuana, MX.