On the road to arivaca

A Chamber Work of Music-Theatre

On the Road to Arivaca is a bilingual music-theatre work-in-development with Composer Rosino Serrano from Mexico City. The work is an original bi-lingual chamber opera that humanizes the story of Central American refugees by imagining a series of unintended encounters in the desert and puts us, the audience “on the road” with them. Who is the Samaritan? Who the Sojourner?


We presented initial workshop showcases on Thursday, Dec 9  at St. Thomas' Parish and on Friday, Dec 10 at the Mexican Cultural Institute.


The Work will bring audience members into a world where the desert has a voice and children attempt to make the perilous journey escaping poverty and violence. The evening will contain early excerpts featuring baritone Javier Arrey singing the first scene of the opera and introducing the Youth Chorus de la comunidad. Conversations with Composer Serrano, poet-mentor Larry Ortiz, and Librettist Susan Galbraith followed. Parents of Chorus students were invited into the conversation to reflect on how the Chorus has influenced their children.

At the heart of the On the Road to Arivaca project is a multi-year community engagement initiative in partnership with other local cultural organizations – GALA Hispanic Theatre, The Mexican Cultural Institute and IN Series. Together we hope to cultivate bilingual, multi-cultural corridor in Ward 1 and 2.



Registration form for the Youth Chorus available HERE.

Participation is FREE!


Weekly Chorus Class sessions will resume in January 2022.

- Mondays   5 - 6:15 pm focusing on choral instruction

-Thursdays 5 - 6:15 pm build on choral work with storytelling and creative expressions

All classes will be held at GALA Hispanic Theatre

3333 14th St NW in Columbia Heights.

Registration now open for 4th-8th Graders.  CLICK HERE.


The chamber opera On the Road to Arivaca will help remind us of the courage young people have to face the desert and other dangers to get to safety and build a new life and the heartbreak of children separated from families.


The work has already attracted interest from other artists and communities, including Los Angeles and Mexico City.


History of Project:

Alliance for New Music-Theatre creative team members including poet Larry Ortiz, Composer Rosino Serrano, and Librettist Susan Galbraith, have taken more than four years to travel to the border, research, and hold conversations with diverse groups about how the themes of Refugees, Migration and Restoration play out on both sides of the border and in our nation’s capital. Company member believe as citizen artists we must develop a response to this on-going crisis and do what we do best: create a vehicle where drama tells the human story and music breaks open hearts:

Changing the conversation through the arts.

We are pleased to announce that our Composer, Rosino Serrano has just been nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Arrangement.