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Orphan Train to Iowa:For the Love of Pete
June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Crescendo Children’s choir will present Orphan Train to Iowa: For the Love of Pete on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. This original work features talented, young choristers and top-notch opera singers and musicians from around the Midwest.
The two-act opera is based on the historic novel written by Iowa City’s own Ethel Barker. She wrote the libretto for the musical score created by Kevin Allen, a well-known Chicago composer. The story is set in the late 1800s and tells the gripping tale of three abandoned children who were gathered from the streets of New York City and sent on an Orphan Train to Iowa. The opera reveals what happens to these orphans and the remarkable people who settled in the Midwest.
Nationally, more than 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were resettled in the United States and Canada between 1854 and 1929. Efforts have been made to document and preserve the history of the Orphan Train Movement, but a tremendous number of stories have been lost. It is estimated that there are two million descendants of Orphan Train children living today.
June 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
June 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm