Date & Time

Main Theatre


Aaron Copland                       El Salón México

Samuel Barber                       Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24

Aaron Copland                      Zion’s Walls from Old American Songs

Hale Smith                             This Little Light of Mine from Four Negro Spirituals

~ Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

Peter Boyer                            Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Collaboration with actors from the Classic Theatre of Maryland


Janice Chandler-Eteme

A rousing opening to the season celebrating aspects of America. Copland’s El Salón México is a postcard impression of Mexico through its dance hall melodies. Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 evokes the tranquil and dreamlike American South. With text taken from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, Peter Boyer’s work tells the stories of seven different immigrants from seven different countries who arrived between 1910 and 1940. Their stories transcend generations and still resonate today.