Crossing Borders: Shifting the Lens

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7pm AT/ 8pm ET


Fabián Arciniegas, tenor

Claire Harris, piano

Maureen Batt, soprano

Tara Scott, piano

And the Halifax Camerata Singers


Featuring a program of premières by Amy Brandon, Elisha Denburg, Chia Yin Wu, Mario Gómez-Vignes, and a piece from Maureen’s most recent album with Grej. 


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Crossing Borders is a concert series founded by Batt in 2014 that features contemporary music by living Canadian composers and musical artists from around the world. With themes of themes of compassion, contemplation, beauty, loneliness, darkness, healing, and warmth, the pieces presented in this series mirror both modern societal views and ancient cultural contexts through the lenses of humour, hope, and nostalgia.

Three programs have toured to Halifax, Toronto, and Philadelphia with Cheryl Duvall on piano: Crossing Borders: A Celebration of New Music from New Mexico to Nova Scotia (January/March 2015) Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred (March and August 2016) Crossing Borders: Mission Compassion (January/February 2018). Crossing Borders: Travesía Latinoamericana toured to Canada and Colombia in October and November 2019 with Fabián Arciniegas (tenor) and Claire Harris (piano). 

The most recent event (April 14, 2020) was Crossing Borders: Living Room Edition, a livestreamed concert featuring works for solo soprano and soprano and electronics.

Art song is a featured genre on this recital series, but programs also often include opera, musical theatre, and electronics. So far, Crossing Borders has given 12 world premières and has given composers and works countless Canadian/American/Colombian premières. Among those world premières are works by Bob Bauer, Leila Lustig, Saman Shahi, Anthony T. Marasco, Anna Höstman, Rodney Sharman, Jessie Rivest, Rosśa Crean, Alondra Vega-Zaldivar, Leo Herrera, Mario Gómez-Vignes, Chris Hutching.

One of the cycles that Crossing Borders commissioned and premièred 2018, Breathing in the Shadows (Saman Shahi) will be released on a commercial album later in 2020 on Leaf Music’s label with support from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.

Upcoming commissions by Canadian composers Elisha Denburg, Amy Brandon, and Chia Yin Wu are programmed for Crossing Borders: Shifting the Lens in December 2021.

Crossing Borders tours have been supported by SOCAN, Arts Nova Scotia, and FACTOR. And Crossing Borders commissions have been supported by Arts Nova Scotia and Ontario Arts Council.


Previous calls for scores can be found here, here, and here for reference. If you want to discuss commissioning, please feel free to get in touch. You can also find posts about Crossing Borders on my site here.




Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Crossing Borders: Living Room Edition

3:30pm ET/ 4:30 pm AT

Streamed live at www.facebook.com/maureenbattsoprano

FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/217954729413994/

Tickets here: https://www.tickethalifax.com/events/106757949/crossing-borders-living-room-edition


Featuring pieces by Stephen Bachicha, Melissa Dunphy, Melissa Vargas Franco, Monica Pearce, Bob Bauer, Daniel Gardner, Matthew Emery, Rosśa Crean


Program notes, song texts, and composer information will be emailed to you before the concert. Buy a ticket to ensure the program is emailed to you.


The concert is part of the recital series Crossing Borders, which puts Canadian music together and in dialogue with music from other countries. The series pushes geographical, musical, and metaphorical thresholds. With sounds of ice crackling, to dreaming of blissful sun basking, to contemplating a blurred reality, this program of living classical contemporary composers explores themes of compassion, isolation, and joy.


Learn more about Crossing Borders by watching this introduction to the most recent tour. And head over to YouTube to watch the Crossing Borders Playlist: