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The Dream of America

Saturday April 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

The Dream of America can be defined many ways, as something realized, or something yet to be achieved. We look at several expressions of the history and hope of our country in our April concert. The program will open with Robert Wendel’s newly composed Fanfare for the Frontline Workers. Certainly we have seen few American heroes as worthy as the men and women who helped in various ways throughout the pandemic. The difficult history of slavery will be explored with Florence Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America. The work deals with not only the tragedy, but also the hope for a better future. A rediscovered talent, Florence Price was one of the leading African-American composers of the 20th century. The program centers on a work by composer Peter Boyer, Ellis Island: The Dream of America. A powerful work, featured on PBS’s Great Performances, the music is accentuated with readings of letters from immigrants soon after they landed at Ellis Island. We are happy to welcome the students to perform alongside the symphony for this special evening of music, history, and hope.

Robert Baldwin

  • Wendel, Robert Fanfare for the Frontline Workers
  • Price, Florence Ethiopia‚Äôs Shadow in America
  • Boyer, Peter Ellis Island: The Dream of America


Saturday April 9, 2022
7:30 pm
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