Original bi-national composition penned for arts festival
April 13th, 2017 under Arts
By CAMERON DODD
PRESIDIO — Student musicians from both sides of the border will kick off the musical program of this year’s Bi-national Fine Arts Festival at a concert in Daly Park on Friday, April 21. Presidio and Ojinaga students will perform a piece of music composed specifically for the event.
The Bi-national Fine Arts Festival takes place April 20 to 22 in Presidio, with a full day of music occurring on Saturday. The music portion of the festival will begin on Friday evening, however, with a special Bi-national Band Concert in Daly Park.
Ojinaga’s student-comprising Banda Sinfonica will perform, followed by the Presidio High School band. For the event’s finale, the two groups will perform together, playing a piece composed for the event.
The work is titled “Bridge to Ojinaga” and was composed by Dr. Frederick Hanna of Creighton University. Hanna is a longtime friend of Presidio mayor and high school music instructor John Ferguson. Hanna is visiting Presidio for the first time to hear his piece performed at the event.
Hanna said the idea for the piece came after reading about a bi-national symphonic performance by the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Ciudad Juárez. He contacted Ferguson with the idea of composing a piece of music for youth musicians in Presidio and Ojinaga.
Hanna composed “Bridge to Ojinaga” in two months using elements and motifs from the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Mexico, al grito de guerra” (Mexico, at the call of war), the national anthem of Mexico. The result is a march inspired by the spirit of both anthems and the neighboring cultures they represent.
Hannah is not a political activist but said the piece was motivated by his opposition to proposals for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“Something was aching at me about the current social atmosphere,” Hanna said. “The president’s views about Mexico and his ideas for the border wall… I’m against it.”
The Bi-National Band Concert will take place Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in Daly Park.
Saturday music lineup:
The music continues on Saturday at a stage at King’s Tire Shop near St. Francis Plaza. Groups and artists from Ojinaga and Presidio will perform beginning at 10am.
10-10:30am – DJ Skyline
11-11:30am – Presidio High School Band
11:30-noon – Mariachi Tierra Del Sol de Presidio High School
Noon-12:30pm – Nueva Generacion (Terlingua Folklorico Group )
1-1:30pm – Mariachi Santa Cruz
1:30-2pm – Open Mic
2-2:30pm – Ballet Folklorico- Ratabachi
3-3:30pm – “Ekipo Charro Infantil La Tapatia” Charro Rope Tricks
3:30-4pm – LRFMS Dance Crew
4-4:30pm – The Resonators
4:30-5pm – PISD student open mic singers
5–5:30pm – Muela del Juicio.
5:30 – 6:30pm – Ave Fenix
6:30 -7pm – FullyMaxxed
7-7:30pm – Common Cents
7:30 – 8:30pm – Bandeleros Ojinaga
9pm – 2am- Tito Camacho y Grupo Sensacion