Sold out “El Son de la Misión” celebrated our community

“El Son de la Misión,” a musical suite commissioned by Community Music Center, brought down the house with two sold-out shows at Brava Theater Center in March. Four generations of artists filled the stage taking the audience on a musical journey that rejoiced in the powerful cultural history of the Mission.

The evening evoked musical memories for the audience. They sang along, and cheered the performers on, completely captivated by the music.

Community Music Center was awarded a Creative Work Fund grant, a coveted award that invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. CMC collaborated with multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator, John Calloway, to compose a musical history of the Mission District. The music is linked together by a conversation between a veteran resident Don Rafa, played by Co-Theatrical Director Carlos Barón, and a young Rosa Maria, played by actress, musician and MDYMP alumna Araceli Leon.

Special thanks to the amazing creative collaborators John Calloway and Carlos Barón and to CMC’s Program Director and Producer extraordinaire Sylvia Sherman.

Look out for a possible encore performance at Brava this fall!

Excellent show….music was great…Brought back great memories of many good times…Very well done. – Angela L., audience member

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Read El Tecolote article “New Production Brings Mission History to Life Through Music
Listen to KQED’s Cy Musiker previewing “El Son de la Misión”

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