Monday, November 13, 2023

Join the Kaplen JCC for the world premiere of "We Came to America." Buy your tickets today!



Commissioned by the JCC Thurnauer School of Music and composed by artist-in-residence, Rob Kapilow, We Came to America is part of the New Jersey Symphony’s 2023-2024 concert season and included in their “American Dream” program.



Rob Kapilow


JCC Young People’s Chorus @ Thurnauer

Emma Brondolo, Artistic Director 

Young People’s Chorus of New York City®

Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director and Founder 

Ember Choral Arts

Deborah Simpkin King, Artistic Director




Make an Impact

Proceeds from “We Came to America” include underwriting music education scholarships, educational outreach in public and private schools, transportation and performance tickets for schoolchildren, and music enrichment experiences for all.


The Thurnauer School of Music is a renowned center of artistic and educational excellence located at The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Tenafly, NJ. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 


We thank our generous sponsors for their steadfast support of We Came to America.

For a complete list of sponsors to date, please click below.



We Came to America is inspired by Faith Ringgold’s 2016 children’s book and by the spirit of her words: “We came to America, every color, race, and religion, from every country in the world.”