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TWO IMMIGRANTS for SATB choir, cello, and piano tells the story of two young immigrants who come to America from a different land. They seek out what many immigrants did in coming to America – a chance to build a life, grow a career and family, and live the American dream. This poem by Maya Porcelli, a student at California School of the Arts – San Gabriel, is inspired by the family story of Dr. Michael J. Patzakis and Susan Giorkaris Patzakis, whose families came through Ellis Island early in the 20th century. This poem beautifully tells of what their parents left behind, but in coming together they created a new story of love, family, and hope, and so many opportunities for their children and grandchildren. I think it captures not only a beautiful tribute to their family and Greek heritage, but tells the story of the spirit and harmony of many immigrants who came to America’s shores from another country.
The music moves through light and darkness as the immigrants are faced with heartache and loss. The cello adds a deep, resonant voice of the immigrant as they search for their footing in the rocky terrain of a new language, new experiences, and new emotions. The choir explores these emotions, supported by the piano’s often forward movement like that of a large ship crossing the ocean on its way to Ellis Island. The work ends with a feeling of hope as the immigrants create a new life in this new land.
It is truly an honor to write this work to celebrate the life and honor the family of Dr. and Mrs. Patzakis, and to have the California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley Choir under the direction of Ryan Brown give the world premiere. A big thank you to Theresa Patzakis for supporting the creation of this work in honor of her parents, and to Katherine Powers, director of the Vocal Arts Department of CSArts-SGV.