SAN DIEGO - Music filled the air Sunday at Border Field State Park where members of two symphonies played together on both sides of the border to show their support of immigration.
The sweet sounds of Bach, Beethoven and folk music were played simultaneously on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border by the San Diego Symphony and the Orquesta de Baja California. It was part of the San Diego Symphony's "Your Song, Your Story" program that reaches out to underserved communities.
Dr. Leonor Perez, who is with the San Diego Symphony, says the concert came at an important time.
"It is interesting, very timely given the concerns about the children that are coming in droves to the United States," she said.
Angry protests have taken place this past week in Riverside County. On Tuesday, protestors in Murrieta blocked three buses of 140 women and children from entering the Border Patrol station there and forced the buses to come to San Ysidro instead.
There were more protests in Murrieta on Friday when the second group of immigrants arrived.
"We want to show a very special tribute to the children that are suffering so much right now and show that love has no borders," said Enrique Morones, who is with the group Border Angels.
One music enthusiast says the event made her proud to live in San Diego.
"It's amazing seeing these people – two nations coming together – to show that we are not Murrieta, that we do welcome everyone," said Sandra Lambarri Johnson.
In addition to music, there was free legal advice.
"It's very, very tough for families that are unfortunately separated and right now the legal tools that we have available are not working," said immigration attorney Cesar Luna.
One cellist found it exhilarating.
"This is the most political thing I have ever done with my cello and I was just thinking, I didn't think music was political but then I thought, 'Wait a minute, what about Beethoven's Third Symphony … ' and I realize that music is political," she said.
10News learned several more arrests were made in Murrieta on Sunday in anticipation of another bus arriving there Monday.