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Only Here Podcast: The San Diego Symphony Makes Music About Migration

An immigrant child is pictured in this undated photo.
San Diego Symphony
An immigrant child is pictured in this undated photo.
Anishka Lee-Skorepa wants to break cultural barriers surrounding both the border and opera music. The San Diego opera singer is part of Artistas Fronterizas, a group that works to paint a clearer picture of border life through performances in places where opera doesn't normally go. Our series of episodes focused on border art continues with a story about an opera singer who’s painting a clearer picture of border culture through song.

Leaving one country for another isn't easy. The transition can be challenging and emotional.

And especially for the kids who cross, legally or not, those emotions can be intense.

In this episode, we dissect a new classical music composition commissioned by the San Diego Symphony that explores what immigration feels like for kids.


We also drop by the place where the border fence runs into the Pacific Ocean. The symphony has organized performances on both sides of the border here. It's a place with long history of serving as a backdrop for music and art focused on the border and immigration.

Only here is the symphony bringing together a composer and a poet to make music about kids crossing borders.