Ballads of the Borderland Every family has a story to tell

On February 27, 2017, CCSA and SOLI Chamber Ensemble will present the world premiere of Ethan Wickman's Ballads of the Borderland, a majestic tale of our cultural history - weaving together powerful texts of John Phillip Santos and Carmen Tafolla with the spirited stories and artifacts of those who lived the tale and helped mold our cultural mosaic.

Monday February 27, 2017 | 7:30pm; pre-concert talk at 7pm | St. Mark's Episcopal Church | 315 E Pecan St, 78205 | Please click here for tickets. Scroll down for more info.

Our feet swoop and trudge in immaculate deep alluvial sand, pedaling stars and galaxies, talking in spikes and plums through currents of hoarse wind as colorless as lily petal tea.

Performance Partners

SOLI Chamber Ensemble

Known for breathing life into the music of living composers, SOLI has twice been voted “Best Chamber Ensemble” by the San Antonio Current, received the 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, and continues to mesmerize audiences with its cutting-edge performances around the country.

Children's Chorus of San Antonio

Recognized for their "angelic voices" and meticulous preparation, CCSA has recently appeared with the San Antonio Symphony (Orff, Faure), Opera San Antonio (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Carmen, Las Fundaciones de Bejar), and has presented world premieres in San Antonio and New York.

When no road can return us to its beginning, that place has gone to where the stars, in daytime, hide their light.

Ethan Wickman

Hailed by the New York Times as “a composer of facility and imagination, the kind to whom both performers and audiences respond”, composer Ethan Wickman’s music has been performed in venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and major universities.

Contributing Authors

John Phillip Santos

Carmen Tafolla

When there were too few of them to sing the old songs, then silence became their song.


Tynan Davis

"a marvel: a stylish singer whose presence lighted up the stage."

- New York Times

San Antonio Chamber Choir

#1 in Arts + Culture Magazine's December Texas Top Ten (2016)

something about this place, about this place that pulls me in and billows me along, and sizzles, carves, blooms, breathes, births infinite possibilities under this sky.

We invite you to attend this landmark event on February 27. Please click here to reserve your seats and join us as we mark our time in history.

Monday February 27, 2017 | 7:30pm; pre-concert talk at 7pm | St. Mark's Episcopal Church | 315 E Pecan St, 78205

Visit for more information on upcoming performances and the Ballads Education Initiative.

Children's Chorus of San Antonio | SOLI Chamber Ensemble

Photo credits | Big Bend: David.Locke.Pics, used by permission; CCSA: Cynthia Prado; Wickman: Kimberly Paulos

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