Premiering in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, Steerage Song tells through music a story of the journey immigrants took from Europe to America through Ellis Island. Rothstein and Chouinard have woven together European immigrant songs, patriotic tunes, and melodies of Tin Pan Alley in a tribute to the voices that created a new sound of America and provide a context for the music with quotes taken from immigrant guidebooks, Ellis Island documents, immigration legislation and articles about life in New York's Lower East Side tenement district.
The cast will include Sasha Andreev, Erin Capello, Denis Curley, Dylan Fresco, Jennifer Grimm, Jay Hornbacher and Natalie Nowytski, who will be accompanied by Peter Ostroushko on violin and mando; Laura McKenzie on harp, pipes and concertina; Dirk Freymuth on guitar and strings; Dale Mendenhall on reeds; and Music Director Dan Chouinard on accordion and piano.
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