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San Diego-Tijuana To Have Binational Youth Orchestra


Aired 5/20/13

The San Diego-Tijuana region will soon have its first binational youth orchestra. Heightened border security and concerns about violence in Mexico can complicate such initiatives, but organizers say it’s worth the effort.

— San Diego will soon have a youth orchestra linking musicians from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Select musicians from the Centro de Artes Musicales in Tijuana and the San Diego Young Artists Symphony (soon to be the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra) are coming together to form a binational orchestra.

Organizers say it’s the first such effort between the U.S. and Mexico.

The music directors of the Tijuana and San Diego youth orchestras will begin meeting next month to map out their vision for the project.

Rehearsals and performances will be held in San Diego during the first year. That means Mexican musicians will face long waits to cross the border.

Such cross-border collaborations are always tricky, said Nancy Laterno Bojanic, founding executive director of San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, which is behind the initiative. The organization has been holding performances south of the border for 22 years.

“You have to be in it for the long run, or it can just be too complicated,” she said.

The new orchestra is to be called the Youth Orchestra of the Californias. Bojanic hopes it will help educate people in the U.S. and in Mexico about the cultural richness that exists on both sides of the fence.


Avatar for user 'Alex_Grebenshchikov'

Alex_Grebenshchikov | May 20, 2013 at 3:38 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Maybe I'm short sighted, but I don't see the point of this effort.

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CaliforniaDefender | May 20, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. ― 3 years ago

"That means Mexican musicians will face long waits to cross the border."

"Such cross-border collaborations are always tricky."

“You have to be in it for the long run, or it can just be too complicated.”


Sounds hard to run a bi-national orchestra of kids. Wouldn't it be funny if someone suggested trying that with something large like, I don't know, say the Olympics?

So long as it is all funded by private money, I hope these kids are able to put on some good performances.

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JeanMarc | May 21, 2013 at 4:04 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I am not sure why they would bother doing this. Why not just have an orchestra here, and an orchestra there? What benefit does either side get from this? I can only think of complications, hassles, and headaches.

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Missionaccomplished | May 22, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. ― 3 years ago

@CA Off

1) The idiodic decision to move the pedestrian entrance to the trolley side. Fine for trolley riders going back, hellish for everyone else--especially seniors and the physically disabled.

2) The equally idiodic consequence of making incoming foot traffic on the mexican side go across the northbound foot traffic.

3) The idiodic Homeland (?) decision to install single lanes inside the building which suddenly spread out where you can have as many as four to five people stand shoulder-to-shoulder across as you approach the booths. So are people supposed to remain in single file or not??? Even a female CBP officer couldn't answer me.

4) The current, purposely stupid handling of the foot traffic once inside the building. Forcing people in one lane even though many are available and bunching people up until the booths are nearly clear before giving the "go-ahead."

Well, at least they will be crossing in buses and not on foot carrying their instruments. Can you picture the . . . tuba?

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Missionaccomplished | May 22, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. ― 3 years ago

A little too provincial there, John Mark.

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JeanMarc | May 22, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. ― 3 years ago

What is too provincial about my comment? Are you saying my comment is incorrect? What part do you disagree with?

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Missionaccomplished | May 23, 2013 at 9:40 a.m. ― 3 years ago

The whole thing. If this was 1913 you'd be what they used to call isolationists --on top of being a nativist.

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