Multi-Media Program Celebrates the Legacy of Immigration to America
Featuring Peter Boyer's Ellis Island: The Dream of America

New York, NY-The Orchestra Moderne NYC makes its long-awaited Carnegie Hall debut under the direction of its founder, Amy Andersson, on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The program, entitled  The Journey to America: From Repression to Freedom, includes Overture to Light by Emmy-winning composer Lolita Ritmanis, Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, the world premiere of Steven Lebetkin's Violin Concerto with Momo Wong as soloist, and Peter Boyer's Ellis Island: The Dream of America

The centerpiece of the evening, the Grammy-nominated  Ellis Island: The Dream of America , includes texts chosen from immigrant interviews in the Ellis Island Oral History Project, read by seven actors, woven together by Peter Boyer's vivid and dramatic orchestral score.  This ambitious blending of narration, projected images and orchestral writing highlighting individual immigrants who came to America's shores between 1910 and 1940 offers a searing, emotionally charged concert experience.  With 40 percent of the U.S. population able to trace their roots through Ellis Island and with immigration at the forefront of recent news, the Orchestra tackles one of today's most relevant topics.

Presented by Higher Purpose Productions, LLC
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Orchestra Moderne NYC
Momo Wong, Violin
Karen Johal, Mistress of Ceremony
Carol Beaugard, Actor
Daniel Kreizberg, Actor
Austin Ku, Actor
Stacey Lightman, Actor
Annie Meisel, Actor
Rori Nogee, Actor
Myles Phillips, Actor

Amy Andersson, Founder and Conductor 

  The Journey to America: From Repression to Freedom
Lolita Ritmanis
Overture to Light
Steven Lebetkin
Violin Concerto (World Premiere)
Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
Peter Boyer
Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Tickets range from $17.50 - $50 and may be purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org; by phone at CarnegieCharge, 212.247.7800; or at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, W. 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. Student and
Senior discount tickets are also available at the box office with valid proof of i.d.
About Ellis Island

Ellis Island: The Dream of America
This impactful work celebrates the historic American immigrant experience and the American dream. Innovative in its format, the work brings elements of the theatre and multimedia into the concert hall, employing actors and projected historical images from the Ellis Island archives.
The spoken texts for the work come from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, an historic collection of interviews with actual immigrants about their experiences emigrating to America. After extensive research in this archive, Boyer chose the stories of seven immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island from disparate nations between 1910-1940. He fashioned short monologues from the actual words of these immigrants, and wove them into an orchestral tapestry which frames and comments on their stories - by turns poignant, humorous, moving, and inspiring. 
The work concludes with a reading of the Emma Lazarus poem  The New Colossus ("Give me your tired, your poor..."), providing an emotionally powerful ending to this celebration of our nation of immigrants.  Boyer's  Ellis Island  has received over 170 performances by 75 orchestras since its 2002 premiere; this will be the work's first performance at Carnegie Hall.  

Peter Boyer's Grammy-nominated work  Ellis Island: The Dream of America was filmed for PBS'  Great Performances series, in April 2017  with Orange County's Pacific Symphony, conducted by Carl St.Clair, at  the RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall  in Costa Mesa. The PBS broadcast premiere will be in early 2018.  Photo by Joshua Sudock, courtesy of Pacific Symphony.
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Orchestra Moderne NYC

Orchestra Moderne NYC is the new, diverse ensemble comprised of New York's top musicians and founded in 2017 by internationally renowned conductor Amy Andersson to create musical experiences that celebrate humanity and are connected to important social issues, resonate with diverse audiences of music lovers, and provide inclusive opportunities for all composers and performers especially women and minorities.

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