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Ascención Solórsano de Cervantes (1856-1930), in her burial dress. Photograph by J. P. Harrington.

Helene Joseph-Weil, mezzo-soprano, Ascención Project originator and librettist, with Composer Benjamin Boone

Dr. Martha Macri, UC Davis NAL Department Professor, Rumsey (Yocha-Di-Hi) Endowed Chair in California Indian Studies with Helene Joseph-Weil.

Composer Benjamin Boone and pianist Hatem Nadim after the premiere.

Helene Joseph Weil stands by a cutting from Ascención's Gilroy rose bush, planted by her grandson Joseph Mondragon, in the backyard of his Pacific Grove home.

The bells at Mission San Juan Bautista that were recorded and incorporated into Ascención. (Photo by Randy Vaughn-Dotta)