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Making History: “New World” Symphony Manuscript in BNH

Majda Kallab Whitaker 28 January, 2015

As a center of Czech culture and government, the historic Bohemian National Hall was recently the proud venue of a historic exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic. To mark this occasion, the original manuscript the "New World" Symphony, composed by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak in New York City in 1893, was placed on public view for five days in November 2014.


Original manuscript of Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New World", by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Photo courtesy of Czech Center New York.


This was the first time the manuscript, considered a national treasure, had left the Czech Republic since Dvorak returned home in 1895, following his influential American residency as the Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. The score was reunited with the original orchestral parts created for the world premiere by the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in December 1893, and lectures and musical performances were presented.


Czech Ambassador Petr Gandalovic (center behind glass) and distinguished guests view the original manuscript of the "New World" Symphony by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, at Czech Center New York, November 2014. Photo courtesy of Czech Center New York.


Antonin Dvorak III, grandson of the composer, visits the Dvorak Room with Dvorak American Heritage Association President Susan Lucak.


Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek meets the press at the opening of "The New World Symphony Back In the New World."


For additional information and to hear lectures from this event, visit the website of Dvorak American Heritage Association at: www.dvoraknyc.org.


This event was sponsored by the 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, and New York Philharmonic Archives.




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