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The Dream of America
Celebrate the American immigrant experience
About the Concert

Friday, April 12, 2024, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 14, 2024, 2 pm
Cincinnati Music Hall

John Morris Russell, conductor
Cincinnati Baila! Dance Academy
Ijo-Ugo West African Performing Arts
Donauschwaben Schuhplattlers and Kolping Sängerchor
Owen Lee, contrabass
Alliance of Chinese Culture & Arts Dragon Dancers
Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir, Dancers and Tabla
McGing Irish Dancers

Actors from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati:
D. Lynn Meyers Producing Artistic Director
Annie Fitzpatrick, Helen Lansman Cohen
Kenneth Early, James Apanomith
Christine Dye, Lillian Galletta
Michael G. Bath, Lazarus Salamon
Kate Wilford, Helen Rosenthal
Andrew Maloney, Emanuel "Manny" Steen
Becca Howell, Katherine Beychok

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"Immigration and Building" from America Journey   John Williams

Jarabe Tapatío ("Mexican Hat Dance")   Traditional Song

Nigerian Dances Nos. 1 & 3   Samuel Akpabot

German/Austrian Popular Folk Medley   Traditional Songs

Contrabass Concerto: Wolf Totem, III. Allegro vivace   Tan Dun

Chaturang Tarana   Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Simple Gifts   Traditional Song


Ellis Island: The Dream of America   Peter Boyer

  1. Prologue
  2. Words of Helen Cohen, born 1900; emigrated from Poland, 1920, age 20; passage on the Leopoldina. Interviewed November 13, 1985, age 85
  3. Interlude 1
  4. Words of James Apanomith, born August 22, 1895, emigrated from Greece, 1911, age 16; passage on the Patris. Interviewed June 17, 1992, age 96
  5. Interlude 2
  6. Words of Lillian Galletta, born October 20, 1923; emigrated from Italy, 1928, age 4 1/2; passage on the President Wilson. Interviewed September 25, 1991, age 67
  7. Interlude 3
  8. Words of Lazarus Salamon, born 1904; emigrated from Hungary, 1920, age 16; passage on the Zeeland. Interviewed May 29, 1986, age 81
  9. Interlude 4
  10. Words of Helen Rosenthal, born October 7, 1910; emigrated from Belgium (originally from Poland), 1940, age 30; passage on the Nyassa. Interveiwed September 26, 1991, age 80
  11. Interlude 5
  12. Words of Emanuel Manny Steen, born June 23, 1906; emigrated from Ireland, 1925, age 19; passage on the Caronia. Interviewed March 22, 1991, age 84
  13. Interlude 6
  14. Words of Katherine Beychok, born 1990; emigrated from Russia, 1910, age 10; ship unknown. Interviewed October 9, 1985, age 85
  15. Epilogue: “The New Colossus” (Emma Lazarus, 1883)

There will be one 20-minute intermission.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is grateful to Pops Season Sponsor PNC, Concert Sponsors Kelly Dehan and Rick Staudigel.

This concert is made possible by a generous gift from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. 

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