Please join Justice for Immigrants San José
The San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Henry Mollicone's "Misa de los Inmigrantes"(Mass of the Immigrants) under the direction of Leroy Kromm featuring Mezzo Soprano, Cassandra Wamboldt and narrator, Nova Jimenez at St. Mary Church
located at 219 Bean Avenue, Los Gatos
on JUNE 9 at 8:00 pm. The concert will immediatley be followed by a courtyard reception with live "Jarocho" music. TICKETS are available ONLINE
and at the door. Open seating.
The composer of Misa de los Inmigrantes, Henry Mollicone, is one of America's premier composers of opera, film, ballet, and song cycles. Based in the South Bay, Henry's compositions are performed throughout North America and Europe. The San Jose Symphonic Choir is a 90 member choir under the direction of Maestro Leroy Kromm.
The June 9 concert will benefit the work of Justice for Immigrants San José
, an immigrant advocacy organization focused on promoting civil rights for immigrants through community education and public policy and legislative advocacy. Justice for Immigrants San José is a part of the national Justice for Immigrants campaign organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The concert is done in cooperation with St. Mary's Parish Centennial Celebration
Lifting Up Our Common Immigrant Heritage
The music for Misa del Inmigrante takes its rhythmic and melodic sources from Latin-American music. Mollicone intended that his work connect the audience with the story of contemporary immigrants and to remind people of their own immigrant history. "We're all immigrants, really, so why not celebrate it?" Says Mollicone who himself was raised in an immigrant household. He remembers the hardship that his relatives faced in getting jobs. "In those days, there were signs: 'Irish and Italian need not apply,'" He says.
The narrative that is interwoven throughout the work accompanies depicts the true story of "Guadalupe" and her family and their difficult journey from Mexico to the United States in search of a decent life. Mollicone's wife, Kathy, interviewed Guadalupe several times allowing Kathy to capture all the details of Guadalupe's odyssey for the purpose of making her story public. Guadalupe's experiences are not unique; they are similar to those of so many others who are forced by poverty and violence to leave their homes and seek a better life in America for themselves and their families.
About Justice for Immigrants
JFI San José has worked tirelessly in advocating for policy and educating the general public about the immigrant situation since 2006. This year JFI leaders have been working with immigrant workers in specialty foods grocery stores advocating for just treatment in the workplace; organizing immigrant students in high school and college to advocate for their educational rights; and collecting testimonials and narratives of immigrants and their families in San José, Tijuana and Puebla, Mexico for use in the Storytelling Project
. The Storytelling Project archives testimonies and narratives in which some narratives will be recast into plays, stories, poems and artwork. The funds collected from the Benefit Concert will help JFI San José develop educational materials for the Storytelling Project
How to Help
Come to the concert and/or make a donation
to Justice for Immigrants San Jose.
For Concert: Rev. Jon Pedigo, STL
For San Jose Symphonic Choir and Performers, contact: 408-995-3318 or visit www.sanjosesymphonicchoir.org