Great Performances

Behind the Scenes with Composer Peter Boyer

Clip: Season 45 Episode 27 | 2m 13s

In this behind-the-scenes clip, Peter Boyer gives insight into how the orchestration, dramatic readings and historic visuals work in tandem to make his Grammy-nominated composition "Ellis Island: The Dream of America," a moving musical experience.

Aired: 06/29/18

Rating: NR

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