Our Queer Mother, Gabriela is three-movement musical suite celebrating the library legacy of the first ever queer woman Nobel-prize-winning poet, Gabriela Mistral. Commissioned by INSeries for their 40th anniversary, the premiere was given by the Children Chorus of Washington, Georgetown University Orchestra, PostClassical Ensemble, Daniel J Smith, Elizabeth Mondragon, under the baton of Angel Gil-Ordóñez at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and Mclean Community Center. The project was presented alongside the world premiere of Zavala-Zavala, an opera about the separation of children at the Mexican-US border, written by Brian Arreola (music) and Anna Deeny (libretto).
The project is archived at the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. An official recording forthcoming.
i. Dew - poetry by Gabriela Mistral, translated by Langston Hughes
for baritone soloist and chamber orchestra
ii. Dying Light - poetry by Jackson Sade, winner of the Gabriela-Mistral poetry competition
for SSAA children chorus and chamber orchestra
iii. Dormida - poetry by Gabriela Mistral
for mezzo-soprano soloist and chamber orchestra