LitFest: We Crossed the River

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register Here! 2021-05-12 7:00 PM 2021-05-12 8:00 PM America/New_York LitFest: We Crossed the River 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (Run-time 60 min)

Presented in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh & 
Music on the Edge

A multi-media concert, WE CROSSED THE RIVER examines detention camps at the US/Mexico border through raw testimonios of child detainees. Collected by Dominican-American novelist Angie Cruz, the testimonios form the lyrics and inspiration for New Music compositions and a text-based video projections.  WE CROSSED THE RIVER aims to incite a deeper compassion by placing the eye-witness accounts of victims in an artistic setting. Collaborators are an all-Pittsburgh group including Angie Cruz; composer Eric Moe; video artist Aaron Hernandez; and stage director Cynthia Croot.

Language: Spanish and English
Format: Pre-recorded concert and live artist talkback

Featured Performers: 

  • Soprano Anna Elder
  • Mezzo-soprano Laura Mercado-Wright
  • Violinist Jennifer Sternick
  • Pianist Brian Gilling
  • Percussionist Amy Stubbs
  • Conductor Roger Zahab


  • Angie Cruz-Author
  • Eric Moe- Musician
  • Aaron Henderson- Video & Installations Artist
  • Cynthia Croot- Stage Direction

Full Bios & Program HERE

Pittsburgh International Literary Festival (LitFest) is a 10-day event that considers themes of migration, identity, and displacement with an emphasis on works in translation. (Full Schedule Here)


Event Details

May 12, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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