We are thrilled to be the recipient of a grant from the International Connections Fund of the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation! This grant will support a cultural exchange project, bringing conductor/composer Jorge Córdoba Valencia to Chicago and sending our artistic director Jonathan Miller to Mexico. The first part of the exchange has already been a great success, with Mr. Córdoba preparing the ensemble for performances of "Navidad en México" in December 2012. He is returning to Chicago in early January 2013, and during that trip he will meet with choral composers and conductors from the Chicago area and attend an additional performance of "Navidad en México" in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Then, in 2013-14, Jonathan will travel to Mexico, meeting composers and conductors, researching repertoire, and sharing his own programming and choral music expertise. The overriding goal is to more fully connect Chicago a cappella with Mexican choral music so that it becomes a recurring part of our ensemble's musical repertoire. The work already supported by this grant has been very exciting, and we are looking forward to continuing this work in the years ahead. Thank you to the MacArthur Foundation for this wonderful opportunity.