Marking the US premiere (in Czech) of composer Bohuslav Martinů’s Julietta, the Dvořák American Heritage Association, New York University and the American Symphony Orchestra present a colloquium in which leading experts will examine the many facets of Martinů’s operatic masterpiece – a work which combines edgy surrealism with extraordinary lyrical power.
Composer Carl Bettendorf and the Momenta Quartet present a program of string quartets focusing on two great Czech modernists, Leoš Janáček and Alois Hába, plus a contemporary work by Bettendorf.
Aeolus Quartet curates and performs a program which features, at its core, Bohemian composer Heinrich Biber's Passacaglia, the last of his renowned 17th-century Rosary sonatas.
Gilded Age Newsmakers: Antonín Dvořák, Jeannette Thurber, and the National Conservatory of Music of America
From the moment Czech composer Antonín Dvořák stepped ashore to assume the post of Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in September 1892, he was besieged by reporters anxious to follow his every move.
Join us for the exclusive American introduction of the memoirs of Czech-American opera star and film actress, Jarmila Novotná (1907-1994). Author and editor William V. Madison will speak about the international triumphs of this multi-talented celebrity.
“Dvořák: the Chamber Music Survey” brings Dvořák’s complete chamber music works to New York audiences at the historic Bohemian National Hall. The brilliant Martinů Quartet from Prague will perform at the third annual concert in the series in Fall 2018. Acclaimed by audiences around the world, they appear regularly at the Prague Spring Festival as well as concerts in many European countries, the United States, Canada and Japan.
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Live from the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival 2018! The Dvořák American Heritage Association joins in celebrating the centennial of the founding of Czechoslovakia with a special simulcast of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival 2018 and its gala performance of the rarely heard oratorio Saint Ludmila by Antonín Dvořák, as it is broadcast live from Prague.
Join us for the world premiere of the exciting new piano arrangement of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World,” created and performed by contemporary Czech composer/conductor/pianist Kryštof Mařatka.
The tradition of Sunday afternoon musicales continues as the spirited ArtsAhimsa ensemble returns for its eighth season with chamber works and song from the world of Antonín Dvořák, his contemporaries, and students. Performers will include the MATIMA ensemble, Laura Bossert, Marti Newland, Tali Roth, and Gilad Paz.
New World, New Music is a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World. The International Chamber Orchestra of America has commissioned renowned composer and native New Yorker Bruce Adolphe and visual artists James Rouvelle and Lili Maya, known as maya + rouvelle, to create an integrative arts experience that will be premiered by the ICOA. The project underscores the values of ICOA: collaboration, cultural exchange, and innovative performance. Adolphe’s inventive homage, titled Dvorshock, will feature London Philharmonic Co-leader Kevin Lin. As one of the founding orchestra member of ICOA, Kevin Lin will return to New York for the first time since his designation at London Philharmonic.
This concert is made possible with support from the Dvořák American Heritage Association.
The Aaron Copland School of Music Orchestra, under the batons of James John and Tong Chen, offers an all-Bernstein program to honor the 100th Anniversary of the composer's birth and in memory of Maestro Maurice Peress, distinguished conductor of the orchestra (1930-2017).
Join us for a festive musical celebration and sing-along featuring traditional Czech carols and seasonal music organized by the Dvořák American Heritage Association. Performers include Michael Beckerman, Piano; Laura Goldberg, Violin; and Klara Zikova, Mezzo-Soprano.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Antonín Dvořák’s popular Humoresques and instrumental variations on “Goin’ Home” plus the beloved Piano Quintet in A Major will be performed by Juilliard's Traveling Sounds chamber music ensemble and other outstanding musicians.
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The tradition of Sunday afternoon musicales in the late 19th century continues as the spirited ArtsAhimsa ensemble returns for its seventh season with chamber works and song from the repertoire of Antonín Dvořák, his contemporaries, and students.
Photo Credit: Laura Jean Goldberg
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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)
The Aaron Copland School of Music Orchestra under the direction of Maurice Peress presents a rousing concert “recreating” the Czech Day program of August 12, 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
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.
Photo: Vit Hořejš in Puppet Studio by Jonathan Slaff