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Ellis Island: An American Dream

Ellis Island: An American Dream

Carl St.Clair, conductor

BOYER: Ellis Island: The Dream of America


This concert is part of Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival 2017.



Peter Boyer's “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” celebrates the historic American immigrant experience. In this Grammy-nominated, multimedia work, actors and projected images convey the hopes and fears of immigrants as they arrive at Ellis Island in search of the American dream.


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“Exiled Dreams: Jewish Composers in Hollywood”
Chapman faculty Rebecca Sherburn and Louise Thomas, with actor David Prather.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 1:30 p.m.
FREE with concert ticket

Golden Dreams - Interplay 2017

Chapman University and Pacific Symphony join forces again to present the annual INTERPLAY festival of music, culture and ideas. With many events free and open to the public, this boundary-breaking partnership engages the Chapman community and Symphony musicians and staff in a wide array of collaborative events, including performances, lectures, art exhibitions, and student projects.

This year we celebrate California's rich, diverse human landscape and its role as a unique cultural crossroads, a meeting point for our state's indigenous people and immigrants from across the nation and around the world.  "Golden Dreams" will honor and explore the history, heritage, and ideas of those who were here, those who came here — and how their interactions changed the world.

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Program Notes

Learn more about Ellis Island, the music and the composer in the program notes.