SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This weekend, the Golden Gate Symphony will kick off its 21st season in San Francisco, but members are doing things a little differently this year, using the sound of music to speak out against President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.
In San Francisco's Excelsior District the performers take us back to simpler times -- a small rehearsal with visitors from Jalisco, Mexico enables members of the Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra and chorus to embrace the opportunity.
"It's not that I know how to speak Spanish either, so I'm learning a whole different way in which to accent the words," said Golden Gate Symphony member Jeanette Conley.
The symphony will open its 21st season with a special concert at Herbst Theatre.
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For more than two decades members have made it their mission to reach out to the diverse ethnic communities of the Bay Area.
This year, it's a celebratory yet defiant tone prompted by Trump's proposed border wall.
"Music has no borders, knows no borders. Music is done all over the world, wherever you go, you can do music. This is a great vehicle to break down borders," said Golden Gate Symphony Director Urs Leonhardt Steiner.
The concert, called "Viva Mexico: Beyond Border Walls" includes a mix of traditional folksongs and contemporary compositions.
The symphony and it's visiting guests hope that the music will connect others beyond the president's rhetoric and a chance to introduce others to more than just Mariachi.
"There is more music that we can share and they can learn," said visiting performer Irma Ravera Mexicano. "And they are going to love it. We hope so!"
And for local talent like Alicia Naylor Guerrero of San Francisco, "It's the perfect mixture of who I am. I love classical music and the study of it and I'm also a Latina of Mexican heritage."
The show will be a personal message of compassion and understanding.
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