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To launch the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, we explore Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s time in New York and the American influences on his most famous work: Symphony No. 9, From the New World, premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1893. Professor Michael Beckerman, the Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence and the author of Dvořák and His World, is joined by a cast of historic characters to uncover the meaning and reception of African-American musical sources at the dawn of the Progressive Era and how they contributed to the development of an American musical voice.
This event is part of the New World Initiative, a salute to the Philharmonic’s living history and its home in New York City. Join in a citywide and multidisciplinary exploration of Dvořák’s themes of “home” in the New World Symphony—performed this season at the Opening Night Gala, Young People’s Concerts, and Concerts in the Parks—and help the Orchestra celebrate 175 seasons and toast its dynamic hometown, New York City. Visit nyphil.org/175 for more details.
Michael Beckerman, speaker
Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm David Rubenstein Atrium