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Event takes place on February 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Wistariahurst, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke, MA 01040

On Saturday, February 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wistariahurst will host Dreams and Defiance, a concert by Pamela Means and Doctora Xingona Diana Alvarez. Dreams and defiance, necessary ingredients for all social change, illuminate the musical renderings of these visionary musician-activist-educators. This powerhouse co-bill performance is sure to warm and inspire!

Tickets are $15 and are available at and at the door.

This event takes place on the first floor of the The Main House at Wistariahurst. For accessibility information, please visit:


PAMELA MEANS, singer-songwriter, inimitable guitarist, and versatile vocalist with a penchant for penning political tunes, cannot be musically contained. A conservatory-trained musician, Means also fronts her own jazz quartet, breathing life into classics once sung by Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and the like. Pamela Means, daredevil on the high wire, recently added a new show to her plethora of projects, performing all of The Beatles Abbey Road album, solo acoustic, in celebration of its 50th anniversary and generational influence. Pamela Means has independently released nine albums and her tenth album is slated for 2020 (and more on deck)!


Dr. Diana Alvarez’s fierce Xicana Xingona voice creates a gripping atmosphere that audiences call “transcendent.” Alvarez’s soulful, bilingual songs exalt queer love and liberation, and are drawn from her origins in the borderlands of South Texas, where she grew up singing to the Gulf of Mexico. In her music, Alvarez often grapples with her solo migration to the Northeast as a means to shift the tides of oppression in her family and beyond. Her songs are offerings for familia, and honor the “in-between-ness” of culture, identity, and language.

Dr. Alvarez is the composer and filmmaker behind the multimedia performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera. Described by the press as “a visually and acoustically stunning performance meant to honor women, non-binary and genderqueer people of color,” Quiero Volver features Alvarez’s original music, sonic text scores, a poem-script for ensemble performance, and documentary video portraits of Sharon Bridgforth, Magdalena Gómez, Vick Quezada, and Nicole M. Young. In 2018, Quiero Volver was produced at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA by grassroots organizers and Smith College, and raised over $10,000 to support immigrant justice initiatives.

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