Dvořák’s New World Symphony To Sound on Three Continents

Václav Neumann conducts the Czech Philharmonic, late 1970s (photo: archives of the Czech Philharmonic)

Dvořák’s New World symphony will stream from Czech centers in Europe, Asia and America on October 28th, the day of the founding of the independent Czechoslovak state.

Dvořák’s New World symphony performed by the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Václav Neumann at the Rudolfínum on December 11th, 1993, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the work’s premiere. The concert was attended by president Václav Havel. The stream of this 1993 performance is both a celebration of the founding of the independent Czechoslovak state and a commemoration of what would be conductor Václav Neumann’s 100th birthday.

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, also known as From the New World, premiered in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1893 under the baton of Anton Seidl. The work’s Czech premiere took place a year later at the National Theater, conducted personally by Antonín Dvořák. The New World Symphony remains among the best-known symphonies and a staple of the repertoire the world over. It is also among the most recorded symphonies in the repertoire.

The 49-minute stream will take place at 6pm Central European time on the Facebook pages of participating Czech centers.

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