Great Performances – Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony

Great Performances – Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Pictured: Peter Boyer, composer.

Credit: Courtesy of Danika Singfield

Great Performances and Pacific Symphony, led by music director Carl St. Clair, pay tribute to America’s history.

Enjoy this performance of composer Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a Grammy-nominated contemporary classical work celebrating the historic American immigrant experience in Great Performances – Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony, premiering Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month.

Using texts from the Ellis Island Oral History Project and historic Ellis Island images in combination with an original orchestral score, Ellis Island features seven, first-hand stories of immigrants dramatically interpreted by guest stars Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim, Michael Nouri, Lesley Fera, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Samantha Sloyan and Kira Sternbach. Over 40 percent of the U.S. population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island, and immigration remains at the forefront of global news. Great Performances – Ellis Island captures the emotions, elation and uncertainties of America’s epic immigrant experience.

The special was recorded by Great Performances at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2017 during Pacific Symphony’s 17th American Composers Festival. Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” premiered in 2002 to great acclaim. It has since received nearly 200 performances by more than 80 orchestras, and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 2005.

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