Ellis Island: The Dream of America, a multimedia orchestral work by composer and USC Thornton alumnus Peter Boyer (GCRT ’96, SMPTV) was the centerpiece of the Pacific Symphony’s recent American Composers Festival from April 6-8. Conducted by music director and USC Thornton faculty member Carl St.Clair, the GRAMMY-nominated piece incorporates narration and projected imagery to celebrate the American immigrant experience.
Composer Peter Boyer spoke about the work in an interview with ABC7 Eyewitness News:
The 17th annual American Composers Festival also featured the work, Blue Shades, by Thornton faculty member Frank Ticheli, as well as John Adam’s The Dharma at Big Sur. Two performances were filmed by PBS and will be broadcast on “Great Performances” next year – a first televised concert for the Pacific Symphony at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.