Musical Journey to Ellis Island on Symphony @ 7

Ellis Island Immigration Museum(Photo: Wikipedia)
Ellis Island Immigration Museum(Photo: Wikipedia)

Heading toward the Fourth of July, we have an all-American program this evening on Symphony @ 7 that includes Ellis Island, the Dream of America by Peter Boyer.

Before you watch Ken Burns’ documentary, The Statue of Liberty, this evening at 8pm on WOSU TV, take a musical journey to nearby Ellis Island where 12 million immigrants had the chance to see the great monument to hope and refuge in New York harbor when they first arrived on these shores.

Peter Boyle completed his musical portrait of Ellis Island in 2002. It is a work for actors and orchestra that uses a text selected by Boyer from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, bringing to life the first-person experiences of seven immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island between 1910 and 1940.

Ellis Island, the Dream of America concludes, appropriately enough, with a reading of Emma Lazarus’s The New Colossus, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Hear it this evening on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101.  Here’s the Prologue.

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