To celebrate 25 years of democracy and freedom on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Czech Center New York presents the original manuscript of Dvořák’s Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 B.178 “New World”.
This is the first time the autograph score has left the Czech lands since Dvořák brought it back home from New York, the city where it was composed. The manuscript, on loan from the Czech National Museum in Prague, is here reunited with the original orchestral parts from the New York Philharmonic, created for the world première in 1893.
In a collaborative initiative with the Dvořák American Heritage Association, these parts are on loan from the New York Philharmonic Archives, where the entire set is preserved. These unique documents are presented together with the exhibition Inscriptions by artist Jiří Voves.
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The public is invited to view the exhibit between 17–21 November, from 1 pm to 9 pm daily, after which the manuscript returns to the Czech National Museum in Prague. Admission is free.
The Dvořák American Heritage Association and Czech Center New York are offering the following programme:
Tuesday, November 18th 2014 at 6 PM
Maestro Maurice Peress traces the influence of Dvořák and the New World Symphony through his American students and “grand-students”; including Ellington, Gershwin and Copland.
Wednesday, November 19th 2014 at 6.00pm
New York Philharmonic Archivist and Historian Barbara Haws and cultural historian Majda Kallab Whitaker discuss highlights of Dvořák’s New York residency, including the premiere of the New World Symphony in 1893.
Dvořák chamber music performance by ArtsAhimsa String Quartet.
Thursday, November 20th 2014 at 6.00pm
Dvořák scholar Michael Beckerman explores the musical “back stories” of the New World Symphony.