Author Archives: Arlene Elkins

Giving Immigrants a Voice

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects:I was going to report on our first SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices concert at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center on August 1, 2019. But after this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio, I’d like to reflect on the importance events…

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by Arlene Elkins , 2 weeks ago

Meet the SOS Writers

Clockwise from left: Ewa Chrusciel, Joel Louis, Chun Yan Lin, Fiorella Valle, Helen Zhibing Huang, Heloiza Barbosa, Daniela Sanchez, Rute Pires, Melody Maduro, Jonathon Figuero, Ivete Souza, Irene Da Silva, Jorge Sosa Dear Friends of White Snake Projects, Last month, you met the 10 composers of …

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 weeks ago

Activist Blog: Thoughts on Sing Out Strong Immigrant Voices

by Abby Nordan Recently, immigration has been a recurring topic in the media. We hear about refugee crises in foreign countries daily. Donald Trump calls immigrants rapists and drug kingpins. While politicians and internet trolls belittle and criminalize immigrants, many other groups fight to elevate their reputation in America. However,…

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by Arlene Elkins , 1 month ago

Introducing SOS: Immigrant Voices Composers

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects, I’d like to introduce our SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices‘ composers. We selected ten composers from a large pool of applicants and paired them with ten immigrant writers to make immigrant songs. They represent the diversity that is Boston and we’re proud to…

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by Arlene Elkins , 2 months ago

Activist Blog: Art + Activism

by Kendall, age 16 There aren’t many people who can convince me to put aside my studying during finals week. But when I received an invitation to Cerise’s celebration of White Snake Projects’ three years of art + activism for that very same week, I didn’t question my attendance for…

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by Arlene Elkins , 2 months ago

Press Release: Tickets on Sale Today, May 15, for White Snake Projects’ New Opera I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, Composed by Jorge Sosa to a Libretto by Cerise Jacobs

Tickets go on sale today, May 15, for White Snake Projects’ I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, the newest opera from creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs, premiering September 20-22 on the Robert J. Orchard Stage of Boston’s Emerson Paramount Theater. Composed by Jorge Sosa, the opera explores immigration,…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Press Release: White Snake Projects Announces Community Songwriting Project SING OUT STRONG Immigrant Voices

Creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and her production company, White Snake Projects, are proud to announce the launch of the new multi-year community engagement initiative SING OUT STRONG, which will foster the creation of new songs on themes arising from the company’s mainstage operas. The inaugural edition of the…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 months ago

Activist Blog: Thoughts About Dreamer

by Abby, 16 Stories about Dreamers have dominated headlines in recent months due to the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration. We are bombarded with statistics and it becomes nearly impossible to pick out the truth from the mess of “alternative facts”. One day, the public will be uplifted by the…

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by Arlene Elkins , 6 months ago

Dreamer Workshop Thoughts From the BCC

A few months ago, we held the first workshop for I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams with the full cast, including the Boston Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Jason Holmes. After the workshop, Jason had them reflect on the opera. This what they said. As you continue…

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by Arlene Elkins , 6 months ago

Press Release: Creator and Librettist Cerise Jacobs Teams with Composer Jorge Sosa for Immigrant Opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

The newest project from creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs takes on an unusually topical subject for opera: immigration. For her new opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, the “intrepid and artistically ambitious” (Opera magazine) Jacobs teams up with composer Jorge Sosa to tell the story of an undocumented Mexican immigrant,…

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by Arlene Elkins , 7 months ago

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