Del Sol Performing Arts Organization’s “ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT” explores the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station by offering a suite of virtual and in-person programs that examines the musicality of the disappearing Hoisan-wa dialect by The Last Hoisan Poets and The Del Sol Quartet.
These presentations expand public engagement with composer Huang Ruo’s Angel Island – Oratorio for Voices and String Quartet. Inspired by the poems carved into the walls at the detention center at Angel Island Immigration Station during the Chinese Exclusion Act years, this new work takes a deep look at discrimination and immigration issues in our nation.
World premiere of ANGEL ISLAND – Oratorio for Voices and String Quartet Performed by Del Sol Quartet and Volti, directed by Robert Geary. Friday, October 22 2021, 8pm; Presidio Theatre, San Francisco. Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:30am and 2:00pm; Outdoor Performances on Angel Island. For tickets and information, visit https://www.delsolquartet.com/angelisland
Angel Island Insight: The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol
Three descendants of Angel Island immigrants, The Last Hoisan Poets – Genny Lim, Flo Oy Wong and Nellie Wong – use poetry to speak their individual truths and creatively reclaim the Hoisan-wa language and culture, with performances by the Del Sol Quartet, and music by Asian-American composers.
An online program, ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT at the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian American Festival 2021, was held via Zoom on May 22, 2021, 2pm.
SF WEDNESDAYS at Union Square: ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT with The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet — FREE public performance Wednesday, October 6, 12 pm – 2pm in Union Square. sfwednesdays.com
Angel Island: In Sight 2021
a visual storytelling project focused on Angel Island
a collective portrait of Angel Island drawn from a multitude of views –
near and far, past and present
Featuring photographs, art & poetry contributed by: Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Lenore Chinn, Imogen Cunningham, Del Sol Quartet, Arnold Genthe, Google Maps, Mara Grimes, Christine Huhn, Heather Knight, The Last Hoisan Poets: Genny Lim, Flo Oy Wong, Nellie Wong, Lilli Lanier, Eadweard Muybridge, Mark Shigenaga, Julie Soo, Judy Toupin, Lai Yong. Carleton Watkins, Western Neighborhoods Project, Z White, Megan and Chris Wong, The Jade Snow Wong Family and Andi Wong
The Angel Island Insight digital gallery is established to display photo contributions from the public together with images by featured photographers who have documented Angel Island’s natural and cultural history, with images by Lenore Chinn, Imogen Cunningham, Arnold Genthe, Christine Huhn, Eadweard Muybridge, Mark Shigenaga, and The Jade Snow Wong Family.
Digital images from gallery will be shared with audiences across the United States in future performances of “Angel Island Oratorio” by Del Sol Quartet.
TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR ORIGINAL PHOTO to the ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT ONline Photo Gallery, PLEASE Use the QR code BELOW or CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO.
Copyright of photo submissions remains the property of the participants, and work will be properly attributed.
Use the hashtag #angelislandinsight to share on social media.
Angel Island Insights at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Explore Angel Island history through stories, poetry, and music at this in-person event in the Presidio with OLLI: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 1:00pm-3:30pm. Cost: $35.00
Course registration at https://olli.sfsu.edu/courses
A mini-course of Angel Island’s poetic history in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University. Participants will learn about the historic poems carved into the walls of the detention barracks, as well as the experiences of Chinese immigrants on Angel Island, through primary documents and personal stories.
Led by Angel Island descendant Andi Wong, “Angel Island Insight” brings to life the compelling tale of community resolve and collective advocacy that preserved American history on Angel Island. Participants will experience the musicality of Hoisan-wa, the original dialect spoken by the Chinese immigrants, and enjoy a musical performance by the Del Sol Quartet, who will speak about the process of creating a brand new work of art inspired by Angel Island history.
For more information on these events and more: https://www.delsolquartet.com/angelislandinsight
Del Sol & Huang Ruo’s ANGEL ISLAND Oratorio for Voices and String Quartet is supported in part by the Hewlett Foundation “50 Arts Commissions.” Find out more about Hewlett’s initiative. https://hewlett.org/50commissions/
Additional funding has been provided by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and Grants for the Arts.
The premiere events are co-sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.
ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT, Del Sol Quartet’s community program was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org
Additional support from Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Chinese Historical Society of America. Exhibits sponsored in part by North East Medical Services.