Angel Island Oratorio
Composed by Huang Ruo, “Angel Island Oratorio” is a 45-minute work scored for string quartet and four-part chamber choir, inspired by the poetry inscribed on the walls of the Angel Island barracks between 1910 and 1940. These words of detained immigrants suffering under the Chinese Exclusion Act will be the inspiration for the sung and spoken texts. The poems, performed in Chinese, will provide the skeleton of the work, English narrative weaving more universal themes of immigration and discrimination around them. The first performances on Angel Island in fall of 2020 will include TED-style talks with prominent experts in immigration law, civil rights, and Chinese-American cultural history.
Collaborators include: Volti, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and others.
This project is supported in part by the Hewlett Foundation “50 Arts Commissions.”
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