DAHA Remembers Maestro Maurice Peress

March 18, 1930 - December 31, 2017

Distinguished American orchestra conductor, educator, author.

The Dvořák American Heritage Association mourns the loss of Maurice Peress, fellow board member, esteemed colleague, friend, and passionate advocate of composer Antonín Dvořák.  He was one of the founding members of DAHA and fought to save the house in which Antonín Dvořák lived during his American residency in the 1890s.  He started our Concert and Lecture series in 2006.  Author of "Dvořák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Explores America's Music and its African American Roots" and other works, he was committed to Dvořák and to DAHA.  He shared his enthusiasm for Antonín Dvořák with his students at the Aaron Copland School of Music who always excelled when they played at our events at the Bohemian National Hall, under the baton of Maestro Peress.  It was an honor and privilege to have him among us and we will miss him greatly. 

Susan Lucak, President, Dvořák American Heritage Association (DAHA)

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