Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Soka Performing Arts Center present American Railroad

November 07, 2023

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Soka Performing Arts Center present "American Railroad" with Rhiannon Giddens and Silkroad Ensemble on November 11, at 8 p.m. at Soka Performing Arts Center. This project, conceived by Rhiannon Giddens, explores untold stories and unheard voices, shedding light on those often erased from American history, like Indigenous and African Americans, as well as Irish, Chinese, Japanese, and other immigrant laborers who contributed to the Transcontinental Railroad.

The program features new commissions by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Suzanne Kite, and Wu Man, along with reimagined arrangements by Giddens and fellow Silkroad artists. It's part of the Eclectic Orange Series and California Festival: A Celebration of New Music. Additional components of "American Railroad" include visual installations, an album, a documentary series, and educational materials.

The first tour takes place from November 5 to 18, 2023, with most concerts in California. It aims to give a more accurate portrayal of the American Empire's diverse origins and history.

Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Ticket prices start at $55 and are available at the Philharmonic Society box office at (949) 553-2422, online at, at the Soka box office at (949) 480-4278 and online at

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