May 25, 2013 / Gray Chapel, Ohio Wesleyan University
Headlining the program is the Ohio premiere of Ellis Island, the Dream of America. Seven actors portray the experiences of immigrants from Poland, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Ireland and Russia as recorded in the Ellis Island Oral History Project. Period photographs capture individual faces alternately worn, fearful or exuberant, upon arriving at the gateway to the Land of Opportunity. It is one of the most popular symphonic works with more than 170 performances by 60 orchestras. The many cultures of American will be explored through music by African American, Native American, Asian and Hispanic composers.