2022-23 Education Series Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Event Information

  • Dates: April 19-21, 2023 Registration Now Available

  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Daniel Reith, conductor

  • Venue: Severance Music Center Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall

Event Dates and Tickets

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 10:00AM

Thursday, April 20, 2023 10:00AM

Thursday, April 20, 2023 12:00PM

Friday, April 21, 2023 10:00AM

Friday, April 21, 2023 12:00PM

About the Music

All music by Peter Boyer


Words of Helen Cohen, emigrated from Poland in 1920

Musical Interlude 1

Words of James Apanomith, emigrated from Greece in 1911

Musical Interlude 2

Words of Lillian Galletta, emigrated from Italy in 1928

Musical Interlude 3

Words of Lazarus Salamon, emigrated from Hungary in 1920

Musical Interlude 4

Words of Helen Rosenthal, emigrated from Belgium in 1940

Musical Interlude 5

Words of Manny Steen, emigrated from Ireland in 1925

Musical Interlude 6

Words of Katherine Beychok, emigrated from Russia in 1910


"The New Colossus" (Emma Lazarus, 1883)

The spoken texts for this concert 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 shaped short monologues from the actual words of these immigrants and wove them into an orchestral tapestry which frames and comments on their poignant, humorous, moving, and inspiring stories. 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.


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Daniel Reith, conductor

All programs and artists are subject to change.

Severance Hall, exterior of front entrance.

Severance Music Center

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Health & Safety

The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for its musicians, staff, volunteers, and patrons, including students. To ensure your experience with The Cleveland Orchestra is as safe as possible, we continue to consult with The Cleveland Clinic and local public health authorities for health and safety guidelines.

Health & Safety protocols for Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts in March and May 2022 will be announced closer to the concert dates, given the existing uncertainties, especially regarding children under 12.

Any guests who are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms related to a cold or infectious disease are asked to stay home.

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Accessibility Services

Below is a list of the features and services that the Cleveland Orchestra has made available at Severance Hall for this concert.


Wheelchair Access & Seating

The venue's seating has reserved special areas for those attending with the use of a wheelchair. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. Ushers are available to assist at each concert.

The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance Hall is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.


Assistance for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Infrared Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available without charge for most performances in the Concert Hall at Severance Hall. Please request one in advance online in the space provided on the Education Concert Online Reservation Form to indicate special needs, or contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, or House Manager’s office. Head Ushers can explain how to use the ALD.

Interpretive services may be available for certain events at Severance Hall.  Prior arrangements should be made four weeks in advance. Appropriate seat locations may be necessary. 


Service Animals

Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome in Severance Hall. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. If you have any questions, please contact the contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, or the House Manager.



All Smith Lobby restrooms are fully accessible. In addition, private family-accessible restrooms are located in the Smith Lobby and off the Dress Circle Lobby.


Additional Information

The Cleveland Orchestra is strongly committed to making our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons. For more information regarding all of our accessibility services, please visit our Accessibility page.