Ellis Island was the gateway to America--a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this "Island of Hope, Island of Tears." Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left their homelands with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard are weaving together a rich tapestry of immigrant songs, patriotic tunes, and melodies of Tin Pan Alley, a tribute to the voices that created the sound of America.