News (30.10.2014)

The New World symphony back in the New World

The original manuscript of the score will be festively exhibited for one week in the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan

One of the best-known symphonies of the world, the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, 'From the New World', by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák is returning to New York, to the place of its birth. The original manuscript of the score, which today is a closely guarded item in the collections of the National Museum of the Czech Republic, will be festively exhibited for one week in the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan (November 17–21, 2014). Although Dvořák wrote this score on American soil, since his return to his homeland it has never left Czech territory.

Two important Czech cultural institutions, the National Museum and the Czech Philharmonic, have joined forces to symbolically return the New World Symphony to the place of its origin. The original manuscript is being brought to the United States by an official delegation of the Czech Republic led by the Chair of the House of Representatives Jan Hamáček and Minister of Culture Daniel Herman.
The exhibition of this unique score and the concert tour constitute an extraordinary gift from the Czech government and people on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, of the restoration of freedom and democracy in the Czech lands––an expression of gratitude and a symbol of transatlantic cultural ties.

In the place of the world premiere, in Carnegie Hall––one of the most famous concert halls in the world––the tones of the New World Symphony will sound in a rendition by the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek, who on this occasion will receive the prestigious Antonín Dvořák Price, an extraordinary honor for promotion of Czech music awarded by the Dvořák Prague Festival. And from 2 to 19 November the Czech Philharmonic will undertake a tour giving eleven concerts not only in New York City but in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

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