321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor

New York City, NY 10021

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Gilded Age Newsmakers: Dvorak and Thurber

talk 18 October, 2018 - 7:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


From the moment Czech composer Antonin Dvorak 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. Active behind the scenes was music impresario Jeannette Meyer Thurber, Founder and President of the Conservatory and a New York mover and shaker. In "Gilded Age Newsmakers: Antonin Dvorak, Jeannette Thurber, and the National Conservatory of Music of America," a talk by cultural historian Majda Kallab Whitaker, learn how these unlikely partners charged the musical scene with excitement in Gilded Age New York. Their combined efforts inspired a new generation of American composers and led to the creation of some of Dvorak's greatest works—from the "New World" Symphony to the Cello Concerto—during his epoch-making three-year American residency.


Majda Kallab Whitaker is an independent scholar and curatorial consultant specializing in late 19th and early 20th century cultural and design history, and has acted as curatorial advisor for DAHA's Dvorak Room in the Bohemian National Hall since 2006. She has presented lectures, walking tours, and exhibitions including "New World Diplomacy: The Contract that Brought Antonin Dvorak to America," and recently authored an article on Antonin Dvorak, Jeannette Thurber and the National Conservatory of Music of America in 19th Century Magazine, a publication of the Victorian Society in America. Born in Prague, she is a graduate of Vassar College and Bard Graduate Center for material culture studies in New York City, and serves as a Board Member of the Dvorak American Heritage Association and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association.


Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, on first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your seat online at eventbrite.com


This event is organized by Dvorak American Heritage Association (DAHA) in collaboration with Czech Center New York, with support by BBLA.


Images: Antonin Dvorak, circa 1893 (left), DAHA Archive; Jeannette M. Thurber, The Illustrated American, August 1894.

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