Pacific Symphony’s “Ellis Island” performance on public television, July 3

Posted on: June 30, 2020

The Pacific Symphony’s 2017 performance of Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America will be broadcast on PBS on July 3 at 9 p.m. PT. Music Director Carl St.Clair leads Boyer’s work, which celebrates the American immigrant experience. Using texts from the Ellis Island Oral History Project and historic Ellis Island images in combination with Boyer’s original orchestral score, Ellis Island features seven first-hand stories of immigrants interpreted by Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim, Michael Nouri, Lesley Fera, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Samantha Sloyan and Kira Sternbach. The program was recorded by PBS Great Performances at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2017 during Pacific Symphony’s 17th American Composers Festival, with an audience that included nearly 40 recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Ellis Island: The Dream of America has received nearly 200 performances by more than 80 orchestras since its premiere in 2002.