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Peter Boyer's "Dream of America"
Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Carl St.Clair, Conductor
CONCERT ON YOUR COMPUTER WEEK OF JUNE 29-JULY 5: In the absence of our live performances we are selecting particularly enjoyable pre-recorded performances from across the world made available to us through the Internet and featuring them through our website.
For this week's performance we are going to point you to your television set, where we hope you can see our PBS Station, UNCTV, on Friday, July 3rd at 9:00pm as they re-broadcast a 2002 performance of Peter Boyer's tribute to Ellis Island, "Dream of America." If this title sounds familiar to you, it's because this was the very concert the Salisbury Symphony was set to perform in March when the pandemic first closed down our concert season. Either watch it on FRIDAY, JULY 3 at 9:00pm or set your DVR to record the performance on UNCTV.
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.
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 the uncertainties of America’s epic immigrant experience.
The special was recorded by Great Performances before capacity audiences, including nearly 40 recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2017 during Pacific Symphony’s 17th American Composers Festival.
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