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Away/Home: The Immigrant Stories Behind the Music
October 11, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM| $15
Miolina presents Away/Home: The Immigrant Stories Behind the Music.
In light of the recent delay of the immigration overhaul in the United States, violin duo Miolina chooses to highlight recently-written music that reflects the numerous waves of various nationals who have crossed our borders or landed on our shores. All of the works to be performed were written by composers who either immigrated to the U.S. from other countries, or who, born here, assimilated influences from around the world. The former composers could be considered examples of the “salad bowl analogy.” In his book Out of Our Past: The Forces that Shaped Modern America, noted historian Carl Degler wrote “Some habits from the old country were not discarded; in those instances the children of immigrants…retained their differences. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for although the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage.” The latter composers would be considered more of the “melting pot analogy.” The term is credited to various sources, from J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur, a French immigrant to New York in the 18th century, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, to playwright Israel Zangwill, who wrote a play in 1908 titled “The Melting Pot.” Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN recently said, “Like the United Nations, there is something inspirational about New York as a great melting pot of different cultures and traditions.”
Works include Lynn Bechtold’s “Away/Home 1.2” (NYC-Japan); Valerie Coleman’s new work (NYC-inspired by her African heritage); Dan Cooper’s “El Planeta Rojo” (NYC-Columbia); Takuma Itoh’s “Across the Open Sky” (Japan); Max Lifchitz’s “Five Impromptus” (Mexico); Milica Paranosic’s “Scene for Miolina” (Serbia); & Gene Pritsker’s “Misfortune Has Its Uses” (Russia). A documentary film with interviews of each of the composers will be interspersed with the music. With guest artist Jennifer DeVore, cello.
$10 advance tickets here. $15 general admission and $10 student/senior tickets at the door.