Hey everybody,

This past weekend in my old neighborhood of North Texas there was a showing of composer Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: the Dream of America. Since its 2002 stage debut Ellis Island has been performed in public more than one hundred times.  A combination of music and spoken word, the piece tells the immigration story as lived by seven real-life individuals who passed through the immigration station from 1910-1940.  Boyer used the invaluable transcripts of the Ellis Island Oral History Project to do his research.  The composer recorded the piece with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in 2005 for the Naxos label.  Olympia Dukakis and Eli Wallach, among others, provided the narration.  The score was nominated for a Grammy award in 2006.

Upcoming shows are here.