Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

"Does This Music Look Like the New World to You?" Bernstein, Dvořák and American Music

Lecture by Professor Michael Beckerman, The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic

Leonard Bernstein was both a great champion of the "New World" Symphony, and in some ways, one of its harshest critics.  In a series of performances, lectures and both musical and speech recordings over the years he advanced the notion that the symphony was not really "American" in any way. This talk, presented by noted musicologist Michael Beckerman, looks closely at Bernstein's arguments and their context, takes them on their own terms, and tests their main premises.

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Bohemian National Hall Welcomes Open House New York Visitors

The historic Bohemian National Hall opens its doors for Open House New York!   The guided tours include visits to the Dvořák Room to see an exhibit about Antonín Dvořák, the “New World' Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. 

Free; first come, first served.  For more details visit http://bit.ly/2z69D74  

Guided tours will take place from 10AM to 6PM. The last tour begins at 5 PM. 

 

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DVOŘÁK: THE CHAMBER MUSIC SURVEY WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC MUSICIANS AND FRIENDS
Sep
24
3:00 PM15:00

DVOŘÁK: THE CHAMBER MUSIC SURVEY WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC MUSICIANS AND FRIENDS

DAHA's unprecedented multi-year Dvořák Chamber Music Survey presents the composer’s chamber music masterpieces as well his lesser known gems.  This year’s concert—featuring outstanding New York Philharmonic musicians and friends—pairs Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A, Opus 81 with his first String Quartet, written in 1862.  The rarely-heard early work illustrates the mindset of the young composer, the starting point from which Dvořák developed his distinctive and well-known compositional style.  In the universally cherished Piano Quintet of 1887, the audience will enjoy the soulful melodies and lively Slavonic dance rhythms that have made Dvořák world famous.  Followed by a reception to meet the musicians and a viewing of the Dvořák Room.  Click here for more details!

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EXPLORING DVOŘÁK’S AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND MORE
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

EXPLORING DVOŘÁK’S AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND MORE

On the eve of Antonín Dvořák’s birthday, DAHA celebrates the 125th Anniversary of his arrival in America.  The festive music offerings include: Dvořák’s Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Opus 100, written in New York and premiered by the composer’s children, plus selected Humoresques for piano combined with readings from Josef Kovařík’s Three Years with the Maestro: An American Remembers Antonín Dvořák.  From Dvořák’s Bohemian world, hear rousing Slavonic Dances for piano four-hands and enjoy “A Visit with Antonín Dvořák III at Vysoká,” an illustrated talk by curator Majda Kallab Whitaker.  Click here for more details!

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Orchestral Masterwork: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto
Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

Orchestral Masterwork: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto

The Aaron Copland School of Music Orchestra returns to the Bohemian National Hall for a performance of Dvořák’s world-famous “Cello Concerto” under the baton of Maestro Maurice Peress. Click here for more details.

Image: Aaron Copland School of Music Orchestra and Conductor Maurice Peress at the Bohemian National Hall.  Photo Credit: DAHA

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Dvořák and Black Music, 1893 to the Present
Feb
26
3:00 PM15:00

Dvořák and Black Music, 1893 to the Present

DAHA hosts a panel discussion for Black History Month.  Distinguished scholars and musicians will explore the social and aesthetic history and outcomes of Dvořák’s significant connections with the late 19th century African-American community as he composed the “New World” Symphony.  Click here for more details!

Image: Harry T. Burleigh, African-American composer, arranger, and professional singer.   Photo Courtesy of Jean E. Snyder.

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RUSALKA IN NEW YORK: Exhibition and Concert
Feb
1
5:00 PM17:00

RUSALKA IN NEW YORK: Exhibition and Concert

Opening night of a month-long celebration at the Bohemian National Hall planned in connection with the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka. View a rare Czech Center exhibition of original scores, letters and artifacts related to his beloved fairy tale opera, presented in America for the first time in partnership with the National Museum in Prague and the Metropolitan Opera. Click here for more details!

Image: Mythic Bohemia, photo by Eva Heyd for DAHA. 

Starting February 1st, we will be offering Guided Tours of the Czech Center exhibition Rusalka  & The Dvořák Room.  Click here for details!

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Celebrating Dvořák & His Circle
Oct
23
3:00 PM15:00

Celebrating Dvořák & His Circle

Antonín Dvořák’s 175th Anniversary festivities continue with an all-Czech lecture-performance of works by Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček ,and Suk featuring the violin-piano ensemble G-sharp Duo, with Emilie-Anne Gendron on Violin and Yelena Grinberg on piano.  Dr. Grinberg will discuss the relationships and influences among the composers, providing an overview of Czech music at the turn of the 20th century.  Click here for more details!

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Of Special Interest to Friends of DAHA
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Of Special Interest to Friends of DAHA

  • Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (map)
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New York Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium Event: “Origins of a New World Voice: NYC in 1893,” featuring Michael Beckerman, Professor of Music at NYU, New York Philharmonic 2016-17 Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence, and Vice President, Dvořák American Heritage Association. 

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“First of May” Spring Musicale
May
1
3:00 PM15:00

“First of May” Spring Musicale

The tradition of Sunday afternoon musicales in the late nineteenth century continues as the spirited ArtsAhimsa ensemble returns for its sixth season with chamber works from the repertoire of Antonín Dvořák and related musical sources.  This year’s Spring Musicale will feature Dvořák’s celebrated Quintet for Piano and Strings, Opus 81 in A major, Dvořák’s Sonatine for Violin and Piano, Opus 100, and the rarely heard Trio in D minor by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.  

The Dvořák Room will be open for viewing after the concert.

General Admission to be paid at door: $20; Seniors, Students, Czech Center Club Members $10.

Supported by the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA)

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The New World Symphony: Dvořák in America with Marionettes
Jan
31
2:00 PM14:00

The New World Symphony: Dvořák in America with Marionettes

  • Bohemian National Hall Historic Ballroom (map)
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This newly created marionette production explores the influence of African American and Native American music upon the work of famed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák during his American sojourn, telling the story with classical and jazz music accompaniment.

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Photo: Vit Hořejš in Puppet Studio by Jonathan Slaff

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Day of Czech Holiday Festivities
Dec
13
11:00 AM11:00

Day of Czech Holiday Festivities

Celebrate the season at the Bohemian National Hall with an exciting variety of holiday presentations, mini gift market, and light refreshments on Sunday, December 13th from 11AM to 6 PM. 

Bring family and friends to this celebration of Czech musical culture and holiday traditions; admission is free.  

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Word and Music in the Works of Dvořák: A Neglected Treasure Trove
Oct
18
3:00 PM15:00

Word and Music in the Works of Dvořák: A Neglected Treasure Trove

DAHA inaugurates its Annual Lecture/Recital series with Dvořák scholar David Beveridge, who will focus his talk on the amazing quantity and stunning beauty of Dvořák’s vocal music – operas, choral works, duets, and songs—and the peculiar circumstances that have caused music historians and performers to underrate and neglect most of this music in favor of his other accomplishments. Lecture and vocal performance featuring mezzo-soprano Mirjam Frank to be followed by reception.

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Photo Credit: Zdeněk Hrabica

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