The influx of refugees to Ellis Island had a huge impact on shaping America’s culture, arts and society in the early 20th century. Among those who fled to escape oppression were European musicians and composers. They soon made their way to what later became Hollywood and the movie industry. This concert highlights early pioneers of the Hollywood’s Golden Age and features a new composition about the immigration story of Ellis Island from the perspective of the men and women who were part of that journey. 2013 American Pianists Association Winner Sean Chen is featured.
Korngold | Theme and Variations
Waxman | The Paradine Case, Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Rózsa | Spellbound Concerto
Boyer | Ellis Island: The Dream of America (acting/narration)
In this musical narrative Ellis Island: The Dream of America, the stories of seven immigrants from the early 20th century are told. As we present this award-winning work, we realize everyone has a story. We are collecting stories from our ICO audience of those who emigrated to Indiana. If you are interested in participating by sharing your family’s story, tell us your immigration story.
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