concert without borders
BNAI’s signature project, Concert Without Borders, is a unique bi-national celebration of arts and music and community.
The idea was first conceived by Bisbee musician and Cochise College music instructor Lori Keyne, who is choir director of the Binational Chorus “Música Sin Fronteras” she launched in 2005. Along with her husband, Seth Polley, and other local activists and performers, thoughts of “transcending the border” grew into the series of concerts. “There’s been a lot of people involved,” Keyne says. “Too many to list.”
In this annual event, musicians and communities gather at both sides of the U.S./Mexican border, divided by a political barrier but unified by something greater—the gift of music and dance, the transformative power of creativity and spirit. We come together not to protest but to harmonize, combining the beat in musical time with the strong beat of hearts committed to the common good.
The concert provides an outstanding and unique example of public art, which incorporates Dance, Music, and Visual Arts as well as Children’s Art Programs through the children’s art-making activities and local artists show their work.
The Concert Without Borders is an ongoing project and began in 2012 and presents a broad range of musical styles and forms. The Concert continues to grow.
This event is free and open to the public and is being widely publicized throughout US and Mexico, both on social media and through TV channels, press and internet.
The 6th Edition of Concert Without Borders will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 5:30 pm.
Concert Without Borders takes place simultaneously in the states of Sonora and Arizona every spring. The event is located immediately to the west of the Douglas/Agua Prieta port-of-entry in the cities of Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, SON.
The audience includes the borderland communities of Bisbee, Douglas, Sierra Vista, Elfrida, Agua Prieta, Naco, Cananea, Hermosillo, Phoenix and Tucson.
From initial planning through performance, the Concert is a collaboration involving a broad range of community and government actors on both sides. The Concert continues to be an important means of building binational trust and working relationships that can be carried over to other community-building educational and cultural activities.
Concert Without Borders is a collaboration between BNAI and the cities of Douglas, Agua Prieta, the Mexican Consulate, and Cochise College. This collaboration has grown into a truly bi-national event, with musicians performing at the same time on both sides of the international border wall. The event has attracted national press and visitors from as far as Hermosillo and Phoenix. It inspired a similar concert on the border of Tijuana in 2017, as well as a concert performed in Agua Prieta, Sonora, by the Mexican Federal Police Band and a mariachi group from Mexico City.
Since 2012, more than 120 artists have performed in this event.
Performers include world-renowned classical guitarist Dieter Hennings, Coral Desierto, Agua Prieta’s Orquesta Municipal, the Binational Chorus “Música Sin Fronteras”, Tin Can Tourists, Cochise College Orchestra, the Essential Elements, with John Cordes, Caitlin Strachan, Evan Waters, Francisco Barrios, Cleve Jones, and Lori Keyne, the Agua Prieta Blues Band, the Orlando Suárez Blues Band, Dan Simonis & West Texas Millionaires, members of the Orquesta Sinfónica of Hermosillo, Nuevo Mundo Early Music Ensemble, Grupo Sin Miedo, Lowell Middle School Chorus, and many, many others.
Thank you all!