The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus is joining with The Zia Singers from Santa Fe and the Rio Rancho Youth Choir to present the Southwest Premiere of Grammy-award winning Christopher Tin’s “The Drop That Contained the Sea.” Featuring orchestra, chorus and soloists, this moving performance will be held on Sunday, March 25th at 3 p.m. at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. Tickets are available at

California-born, British-educated Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer of concert and media music. Time Magazine calls his music “rousing, anthemic” while The Guardian calls it “joyful” and “an intelligent meeting of melody and theme.” His output is strikingly diverse: ranging from lush symphonic works to world-music infused choral anthems, to electro-acoustic hybrid film and video game scores. He is also an in-demand collaborator, working with artists across a wide-range of musical genres: Lang Lang, Alan Menken, BT, and Danny Elfman, to name a few.

Featuring chorus, orchestra, and soloists, The Drop That Contained The Sea is a classical crossover work performed in multiple languages and a collection of commissioned songs that weave together poems and prayers about water from different cultures.

Its unique concept follows a single drop of water as it travels through the world, from the swirling snows of Mongolia to the sacred river Ganges, to the raging storms of the North Atlantic.

The piece originates from the Sufi concept that, just like every drop of water contains the essence of the sea, so do all humans contain an essence of humanity.