Photo courtesy of the New-York Historical Society"Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds/Immigrant Voices," is ACO's season-long exploration of the evolution of American music through the work of immigrant composers.

"Coming to America" is an outreach and civic dialogue project that ties the music of immigrant composers to issues central to immigration and cultural absorption in American society. From racial conflict to ethnic blending, immigration is changing the face of America. Central issues of "Coming to America are how composers who are new Americans play a role in this drama, how they contribute to and are affected by changing American culture, and larger questions of identity and access. "Coming to America" includes free events around New York City beginning on February 14, including concerts, public forums, in-school residencies, and community informances (performance/discussions). The project culminates in a orchestra concert with audience dialogue entitled "From Ellis Island to JFK", Sunday, March 18, 2001 at Carnegie Hall. Click here for a complete schedule of activities

Composers participating in the project include Jin Hi Kim, Tania León, Lukas Foss, and P.Q. Phan, among others. Together these composers span several generations, waves of immigration, and three continents. "Coming to America" is a musical travelogue of America's diversity.

"Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds/Immigrant Voices" project is supported by the Animating Democracy Initiative, a program of Americans for the Arts funded by the Ford Foundation with additional support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.