This spring, California’s Pacific Symphony will pay tribute to the nation’s immigrant experience and the American dream with Ellis Island: The Dream of America, composer Peter Boyer’s 2002 blend of music, narration, and projected images highlighting individual immigrants arriving between 1910 and 1940. The April 8-10 performances at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, led Music Director Carl St.Clair, are part of the orchestra’s annual America Composers Festival. Ellis Island will be recorded for future telecast on PBS’s “Great Performances.” The same program will perform works by California composers John Adams (The Dharma at Big Sur) and Frank Ticheli (Blue Shades). On April 8, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations—a national non-profit whose mission is to foster tolerance, respect and understanding among religious and ethnic groups—will host a ceremony for approximately 150 Ellis Island Medal of Honor winners who will be attending the concert.

Posted March 21, 2017