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The Original Manuscript of the "New World" Symphony

  • Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd St New York, NY, 10021 United States (map)

Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, "From the New World." Image courtesy of Czech Museum of Music, Prague. 

The original manuscript of the "New World" Symphony returns for the first time to New York City, where it was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893. On loan from the Czech National Museum, the manuscript will be reunited with original orchestral parts from the New York Philharmonic, created for the world premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1893. The public is invited to view the exhibit in the Czech Center Gallery at the Bohemian National Hall from Monday, November 17th -Friday, November 21st daily from 1pm - 9pm.  Tours will be offered, and lectures presented Tuesday, November 18th -Thursday, November 20th daily at 6pm. The Dvořák Room will be open during exhibition hours.  Admission is free. For more information please visit: and
Related programs offered by the Dvořák American Heritage Association during this event:  

Tuesday, November 18th at 6-7PM 
Dvořák to Duke Ellington 
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 at 6-7 PM 
Dvořák’s New York 
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.  Performance of the final movement from Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet by the ArtsAhimsa String Quartet.

Thursday, November 20th at 6-7 PM 
The "New World" Symphony: From Happy Birthday to the Song of the Robin 
Dvořák scholar Michael Beckerman explores the musical “back stories” of the "New World" Symphony.

The Dvořák Room will be open to visitors during the same hours as the Czech Center Gallery.  Explore composer Antonín Dvořák’s extraordinary musical contributions during his influential American residency of 1892 to 1895.  On view are memorabilia and archival documents, including an exhibition of the recently discovered, earliest known manuscript of the solo part of Dvořák’s Violoncello Concerto in B minor.  Cultural historian Majda Kallab Whitaker will be present for tours.  

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Speaker Bios:

Michael Beckerman.  Internationally acclaimed scholar, musicologist and Dvořák authority.  Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music at New York University and Distinguished Professor of History at Lancaster University; author of numerous articles, studies and books, including  New Worlds of Dvořák (W.W. Norton, 2003) and Dvořák and His World (Princeton University Press, 1993); lectures nationally and internationally.  He is Vice-President of DAHA and on the Board of the Czech Center.

Barbara Haws. Archivist and Historian of the New York Philharmonic since 1984.  Has lectured extensively about the Philharmonic’s past and curated major exhibitions; is the co-author of Leonard Bernstein: American Original (Harper Collins, 2008). Since 2009, Haws has led an effort funded by the Leon Levy Foundation to digitize more than three million pages of archival material in the New York Philharmonic Archives, making it freely available over the internet. 

Maurice Peress.  Distinguished American conductor, educator and author.  Appointed by Leonard Bernstein as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1961; has conducted internationally and led three American orchestras. Professor of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY.  Author of Dvořák to Duke Ellington (Oxford University Press, 2004) and a forthcoming memoir A Conductor’s Manifesto (Paradigm Publishers). He is Music Advisor and Board Member of DAHA.

Majda Kallab Whitaker. Independent scholar and cultural historian contributing to the development of the Dvořák Room, the exhibition and study space of the Dvořák American Heritage Association in the Bohemian National Hall.  Curates exhibitions and lectures on subjects related to late nineteenth and early twentieth century cultural and design history.  Born in Prague, she is a Board Member of DAHA and BBLA.

The ArtsAhimsa String Quartet, featuring violinists Laura Jean Goldberg and Jennifer Tiboris, violist Lisa Ralia Heffter, and cellist Ben Clinesmith, is dedicated to bringing wide ranging styles of music and concert events to the New York music scene. The group offers annual musicales celebrating Czech musical culture for the Dvorak American Heritage Association. ArtsAhimsa director Laura Jean Goldberg is a well-known chamber music player who teaches chamber music at The Juilliard School and performs regularly at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. She is a Board Member of DAHA.

This event supported by: Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association, Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Czech Center New York, Czech Ministry of Culture, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech National Museum, Czech Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Czech Philharmonic, Dvořák American Heritage Association, New York Philharmonic Archives

Earlier Event: October 26
Later Event: December 14
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