Prize of Antonin Dvořák takes over Czech opera singer Richard Novák

At the Ministry of Culture will today be officially handed over this year's Prize of Antonin Dvořák. The prestigious award takes over from Minister of culture Daniel Herman legendary opera singer Richard Novák. Traditional crystal cello from the Czech glass workshop Moser annually goes into the hands of personalities who with their lifelong work or extraordinary artistic achievement significantly contributed to the promotion and popularization of classical Czech music abroad and in the Czech Republic.


Temperamental closing in Italian version with American touch

The closing concert of the festival on September 24 brings an attractive program in stellar interpretation. Tchaikovsky's impressive music in connection with Italian temperament of famous body Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with its chief conductor Antonio Pappano and the soloist Gil Shaham will be a great ending to this year's Dvořák's Prague Festival.


Czech works performed by resident orchestra

On September 23 will sound under the leadership of Jiří Bělohlávek next to Bohuslav Martinu's Field Mass Dvorak's overtures cycle In nature’s Realm, Carnival and Othello. In addition with stating Psalm 149 festival dramaturgy continues to fulfill its long-term plan to rehabilitate the composer's often overlooked work. Music by Czech composers rendered in perfect style by the Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek will offer an ideal combination of ingredients for an exceptional musical experience.


Change of program on September 13

Due to the illness of Boris Berezovsky, this evening we shall hear a solo recital by the outstanding Czech pianist Martin Kasík. 


To St. Agnes Convent for chamber music

Starting today the festival’s chamber series are moving to the beautiful and historical St. Agnes Convent for the next three days. British virtuoso Daniel Hope seizes his legendary violin again in a chamber evening of 9 September. Presents the work of two contemporaries and friends of Antonín Dvořák, Johannes Brahms and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Other renowned musicians on stage will be American violist Paul Neubauer, British cellist Josephine Knight and Czech musicians: violinist Jan Mráček, violist Jakub Fiser and cellist Jan Vokáč.

September 10 similar group of artists reinforced by pianist Ivo Kahánek pays homage to Dvořák chamber music with piano. Piano Quartet no. 2 in E flat major and Piano Quintet no. 2 in A major, belongs to the the best, what the composer created in this field.

September 11 once again sits at the piano Ivo Kahánek to accompany the prominent Czech tenor Pavel Černoch. In their submission will sound except for a representative selection of songs by Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss also dramaturgical specialty: Almost unknown Dvořák song debut of Cypresses, which will be heard in Prague for the first time.


London Symphony Orchestra plays Dvořák on the anniversary of his birth

Play one of the greatest works of Dvořák on the anniversary of his birth in the Dvořák Hall in Prague? London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda and Jiří Bárta are lucky enough.

The Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor should be played by an outstanding Czech cellist Jiří Bárta and the world-renowned ensemble London Symphony Orchestra, whose players continue the great tradition of the implementation of Dvořák's music in England. The program will complement sound heady, late-romantic music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. The orchestra was founded in 1904 and from the outset significant conducting personalities of its time stand behind - Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar and Sir Thomas Beecham. Also later on the conductor's post has been many top artists, of whom at least mention André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Sir Colin Davis.

The chamber series led by Daniel Hope start today

Today will be another important festival event - the initiating concert of chamber series, behind this year’s dramaturgy stands an excellent violinist and renaissance personality Daniel Hope. Rudolfinum today belongs to the Swiss extraordinary ensemble of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, which in one evening presents Mozart's " Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and double concert of Erwin Shulhoff and Dvorak's Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22, B. 52. The soloists are excellent Czech pianist Ivo Kahanek and violinist, chamber music series curator Daniel Hope.

Concert broadcasts live by Czech Radio Vltava and from the record by European Broadcasting Union EBU.


Initiation of Dvořák Prague Festival 2016 with guest stars

The opening ceremony of Dvořák Prague Festival belongs to one of the best and oldest orchestras in the world Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. Dvorak Hall in the Rudolfinum will dominate in the Czech premiere one of the world's most renowned conductors Christian Thielemann. The program consists entirely of works of German authors, will hear the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Reger and Richard Strauss. Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major will be presented by phenomenal Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider.

"I am very pleased that this year we have the possibility to entrust the opening ceremony in the hands of such an orchestra as Staatskapelle Dresden and the chief conductor Christian Thielemann, who are what’s the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to Dvorak's music, to German music, they have it in the genes, so to speak. Beethoven was one of the greatest Dvorak patterns, as evidenced by photos of Beethoven, which Dvorak had over his desk. German music had enormous influence on shaping Dvořák’s talent and Dvorak's Prague audience will hear it in the choicest interpretation,"says the festival's artistic director Marek Vrabec.


Following Dvořák's footsteps to Nelahozeves

This year the traditional 'festival overture' On the Trail of Dvořák takes us to the composer's birthplace, Nelahozeves, where he spent the first twelve years of his life and received his first musical stimuli for his future dizzying compositional career.

In Nelahozeves young Antonin lived to the age of twelve, when he moved to nearby village Zlonice. If known, he visited his birthplace later several times. One of these visits took place on April 7 1889, when Dvořák participated in the concert the local castle assembled not only by his own works; music production prepared inmates of the local girls' institute then. And the concert within the programme of On the trail of Dvořák is inspired by this musical performance is inspired. A programme of music performed on that occasion––several of Dvořák's works for four-hands piano, rendered by the renowned pianists Ivo Kahánek and David Mareček. As usual we have well-informed live commentary by the festival musicologist David Beveridge.

What awaits our guests today? A journey with historic steam train to Nelahozeves, commemorative ceremony at the statue of A. Dvorak, concert at the castle and a visit to the Dvorak birthplace house. Individually they can visit the church of st. Andrew with organ recitals and worship, or go through the so-called Dvořák trail along the river Vltava.


The first year of the Cultural Leadership Summit started

Cultural Leadership Summit is a four-day event to be held in Suk Hall in Prague's Rudolfinum from today through 6 September 2016.

The program is being opened today with DeVos Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser, an internationally renowned expert in arts management who and the leader of the Kennedy Center and the DeVos Institute. Marek Vrabec, currently artistic director of the Dvořák Prague Festival said about him: “My encounter with Michael Kaiser was the most inspiring of my adult professional life. He is exceptional in many ways, including the fact that he openly shares his analytical thinking and talent, as a brilliant impresario and strategist in one, with arts managers all over the world. Thanks to the annual Cultural Leadership Summit, top Czech arts managers, too, will now have access to the experience of arts managers of the DeVos Institute.”

Under the guidance of Mr. Kaiser (Chairman of the DeVos Institute), Brett Egan (President of the DeVos Institute), and Dan Hagerty (Consultant at the DeVos Institute), the Cultural Leadership Summit offers four days of intensive training focused on building a stable, healthy cultural organization. Sessions concentrate on revenue diversification via fundraising, sponsorships, ticket sales, and alternative opportunities to generate revenue in the European context. Participants will learn new approaches to artistic planning, as well as programmatic marketing (to recruit audiences) and institutional marketing (to generate awareness of the organization). The summit will also address fundraising methods and strategic planning.

Learn more about Cultural Leadership Summit in Education section.

The Classical Music Academy Announces Nominations for the 2016 Antonín Dvořák Prize

The nominations for this year's Antonín Dvořák Prize have gone to five artists from the Czech Republic and abroad. Members of the Academy's council, who include important figures from the world of culture and classical music, have nominated opera singers Gabriela Beňačková and René Fleming, who share, among others, the role of Rusalka, which they have performed on opera stages worldwide, most notably the Metropolitan Opera. A nomination has also gone to Ivan Klánský, a pianist and educator who has influenced several generations of musicians. Another person the academicians nominated is the widely recognized musicologist and publicist Milan Kuna who has dedicated a large part of his professional life to the legacy of Antonín Dvořák and Václav Talich. The fifth nominee is Richard Novák, a legendary opera singer from Brno who remains musically active at a respectable age of 85 years. 

The laureate of the Antonín Dvořák Prize will be announced on the eve of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival on 4 September 2016. 

We have unveiled the program and begun selling tickets for the upcoming season

The Dvořák Prague International Music Festival has unveiled the program and begun selling tickets for the upcoming season. Dedicated to commemorating the legacy of the musical genius of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, this year's ninth edition of the event held during 5 to 24 September 2016 will feature leading orchestras and soloists from the Czech Republic as well as top-class ensembles and renowned musicians from abroad. The opening concert will be presented by one of the best European orchestras, Staatskapelle Dresden under the direction of Christian Thielemann. Apart from the orchestra in residence, the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek and Jakub Hrůša, the Rudolfinum Concert Hall will host such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandra Noseda, which will accompany Czech cellist Jiří Bárta.

The lineup also includes phenomenal violinist Gidon Kremer and his ensemble Kremerata Baltica and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Antonio Pappano, which will perform the closing concert of this year's Dvořák Prague. One of the event's high points will be a recital given by the excellent Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky. Other soloists who will grace the festival's stages include star violinists Hilary Hahn and Gil Shaham.

This season marks the first time when the program director of the Chamber Society series will be a foreigner – the prominent British violinist and promoter of musical activities Daniel Hope who will collaborate closely with the festival's Artistic Director Marek Vrabec on what they call a "Small Festival within Dvořák Prague". Hope will be aided by his last year's predecessor, the Czech pianist Ivo Kahánek, and leading personalities of New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the cellist David Finckel and piano player Wu Han. In addition, Hope and Kahánek will be featured as soloists in a concert with the renowned Zurich Chamber Orchestra from Switzerland. The Chamber Society series will also include a recital of songs performed by tenor Pavel Černoch who is rapidly becoming a mainstay on the international music scene.

This Year's Festival is Over. We are looking forward to 2016.

During the past three weeks the Dvorak Prague Festival has offered twenty concerts, which presented nearly 800 musicians from all around the world, and attracted nearly 15 000 listeners.  The opening and the final concert of the festival, performances by violinist David Garrett and concert dedicated to Arvo Pärt, which was performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, were the most popular among the audience this year. Chamber Music Series also attracted a lot of attention this year. Ivo Kahánek's concerts at the St. Agnes Convent were also among the once that were sold out. 

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The Festival will reach its Grand Finale Tonight at the Rudolfinum

The final concert of this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival offers an exceptionally attractive programme. The New World Symphony by Dvořák and the Pathétique Symphony by Tchaikovsky are not only masterpieces among the works of their composers but highlights of musical literature worldwide. Leading the Czech Philharmonic will be Semyon Bychkov, who will undoubtedly confirm his standing among the most superb conductors of our time. 

Cardinal Dominik Duka Awards Saint Vojtěch Medal to Dvořák Prague Festival

Cardinal Dominik Duka has awarded the Saint Vojtěch Medal to the Dvořák Prague Festival. The highest church award was delivered to philanthropist and cofounder of the festival Karel Komárek at a concert held on the St. Vitus Cathedral yesterday. "The medal has been awarded to extol festival's promotion of the good repute of Czech culture through the work of Antonín Dvořák, a genius music composer who sought inspiration in his deep faith in God," said Cardinal Duka. 

An extraordinary sponsor of Czech culture, Komárek has supported the Dvořák Prague Festival since its very beginnings. His contribution has been lauded, among others, by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts (KCICA), which awarded him a Gold Medal in 2003.

The Dvořák Prague Festival is a proud bearer of the name of one of the greatest composers in history – Antonín Dvořák. The event displays the entirety of the composer's legacy and showcases Dvořák's iconic works as well as lesser-known compositions. Performers include leading musicians from both the domestic and international scenes. The high point of this year's edition of Dvořák Prague will come on 23 September 2015 in a concert of Dvořák's most famous symphony, "From the New World", performed by the Czech Philharmonic under the direction of conductor Semyon Bychkov.  

Spiritual Concert at the St. Vitus Cathedral

An evening of contemplation and reflection on the eve of the Closing Concert, a 'spiritual cleansing' after the rich and varied banquet served up over the preceding two weeks of the festival: this year's Spiritual Concert brings one of the world's finest choirs to Prague: the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, together with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Tõnu Kaljuste, will perform a selection of Arvo Pärt's works, centering on the composer's Te Deum.

The concert is sold out, nevertheless is broadcasted live on the Czec Radio station "Vltava". 

Sunday Matinee and the Festival's Family Day

It has become a tradition of the Dvořák Prague Festival to offer a 'Sunday Matinée'––a concert starting at 11 am in which this year repertoire from the Classical period will be performed by the internationally-renowned ensemble Collegium 1704 with conductor Václav Luks. In this original programme we'll hear music by the Classical composers Josef Mysliveček and Leopold Koželuh as well as by Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek who anticipated the style of the Romantics. Tickets are still available

Hilarious British musical comedy duo The Classic Buskers come to Prague with magician Neil Henry with a madcap show that will delight kids and adults alike.

Both concerts are a part of Family Day:

11.00 am - Collegium 1704 with Václav Luks, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
1.30 pm - Eve Quartet Open Air, Rudolfinum, steps (Dvořák, Ježek, Gerschwinn)
1.30 pm-4.45 pm - On the Trail of Dvořák with Children, Rudolfinum (workshops)
3.30 pm - Classic Buskers Open Air, Rudolfinum, steps (a little taste)
5.00 pm - Classic Buskers & Neil Henry, Musical Magic, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

This Evening's Concert will be one of the Festival's Highlights

One of the most celebrated European symphony orchestras, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, is to take part in the Dvořákova Praha (Dvořák Prague) international music festival with a dramaturgically remarkable contribution: in addition to the famous Symphony No. 8 by Antonín Dvořák and the Double Concerto for violin and cello by Dvořák’s great artistic role model Johannes Brahms.

Lionel Bringuier has already accumulated a remarkable wealth of conducting experience and success. He was a resident conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for six years and he has repeatedly conducted numerous leading American and European orchestras.

Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili is one of the most respected soloists of the younger generation. At 16 years of age, she was named as a laureate of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland. Other prestigious awards in subsequent years followed, such as the ECHO Klassik Award and the MIDEM Classical Award.

Gautier Capuçon is considered one of the foremost cellists of his generation. He studied violoncello at the Paris Conservatory of Music and Dance and later with Austrian cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He has won prestigious awards at numerous international competitions, including the André Navarra International Cello Competition

Tickets are still available

Debuts - Day Concerts are dedicated to two young talented artists

The first concert of 'Debut Day' in the Dvořák Prague Festival will present the Italian artist Federico Colli in an ambitious piano recital comprising alongside music by Johann Sebastian Bach and César Franck also the Twenty-Four Preludes of Alexander Scriabin – a very distinctive composer from the early twentieth century.

The second concert will present the young Czech virtuoso Jan Mráček has chosen violin works by a pair of artistic friends, Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms, along with virtuoso pieces by Fritz Kreisler. 

Tickets are still available to both concerts. Check our programme page here.

Echo Klassik Award Winner, David Garrett, tonight at the Rudolfinum

As part of the Dvořák Collection II concert series, the Czech Philharmonic and its chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek will deliver an exemplary interpretation one of Dvořák’s shorter orchestral works, the Nocturne in B major, and at the end of the program one of the most typical works, his sun-drenched Sixth Symphony. And another wonderful musical experience will surely be the famous Violin Concerto in G minor by Dvořák's contemporary Max Bruch, rendered by the charismatic young violinist David Garrett.

The Festival's Chamber Series grand finale on Wednesday at the Rudolfinum

One of the most remarkable quartet ensembles of the present day, the Tetzlaff Quartet is coming to the Dvořák Prague Festival for the first time, to perform three masterpieces of chamber music in the ambience of the Rudolfinum. In the case of Dvořák's famous Quintet in A major the ensemble will be joined by the curator of the festival's chamber series, pianist Ivo Kahánek. Tickets are still available here.

The festival is entering its second week

The second week of the festival is going to be as interesting and full of extraordinary moments as the first one. Besides World-Class Orchestras and outstanding soloist, the festival will welcome also two young debutants. The last day of the second week is dedicated to families with children. 

Tickets are still available to some of the concerts. Please check the programme here

The Festival features three concerts tonight

Today at 5 PM at the St Agnes Convent we welcome the Bohemia Luxebourg Trio with an unsual programme. After the opening Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp in Classical style by Mozart, they will perform works by three composers of the twentieth century, namely the Englishman Arnold Bax and two Frenchmen: André Jolivet and Claude Debussy. The undeniable freshness and attraction of this concert will be further enhanced by a composition of Sofia Gubaidulina, a contemporary Russian-Tatar composer living in Germany.

Their performace at the St Agnes Convent is followed by the recital of Jan Martinik accompanied at the piano by the equally distinguished musician Ivo Kahánek. Together they will perform selections from Dvořák’s Biblical Songs and a selection from the songs of an English composer from the first half of the twentieth century, Ralph Vaughan Williams. We'll also hear the Four Serious Songs by a great admirer of Dvořák’s, Johannes Brahms. Without a doubt this will be an unusually rewarding recital. 

The third concert is part the World-Class Orchestras Program. Along with the orchestra itself, known for example from the soundtrack to the film Amadeus, a magnet in the concert to be given by London’s Academy of St Martin of the Fields is the world-renowned clarinetist Sabine Meyer. And the ensemble could not have made a better choice to represent Czech music: Dvořák’s Serenade for String Orchestra is full of catchy melodies, cosy contentment, and loveliness.

Tickets are still available here.

Tonight we welcome the conducting legend

One of London’s five main symphonic ensembles – the Philharmonia Orchestra – is coming to Prague together with its conductor emeritus for life, the eighty-six-year-old German maestro Christoph von Dohnányi, bringing two unique scores of German music. Schubert’s 'Great' Symphony in C major from the early nineteenth century spans like a bridge between the Classical and Romantic eras, while Berg’s Violin Concerto from the 1930s beautifully combines echoes of late Romanticism and Expressionism with compositional principles of modern music. Tickets are still available here.

Mozart's Don Giovanni tonight at Rudolfinum

One of Mozart's most famous opera will be performed tonight at the Rudolfinum by the Freiburger Barockorchester on historical instruments. The orchestra will be conducted by René Jacobs, a Flemish musician speicalizing in early music. Tickets are still available here

Chamber series continues Ivo Kahánek's recital

The Dvořák Prague Festival is presenting one of the best Czech pianists of the present time, Ivo Kahánek, who this year is also curator of the festival's entire chamber series (the 'Chamber Music Society'). As evident from the programme of his solo recital, the core of his repertoire lies mainly in music of the Romantic period. Today's concert is sold out, however, you can see Ivo Kahánek performing on Sunday, September 13 with Jan Martiník.  

Prague welcomes today the legendary American String Quartet Emerson String Quartet - winner of nine Grammy Awards.

After an absence of six years one of the most famous chamber ensembles in the world, the legendary Emerson String Quartet, is returning to the Dvořák Prague Festival to demonstrate its masterful art of interpretation in stylistically diverse works by Antonín Dvořák, Maurice Ravel, and Bohuslav Martinů. This concert will undoubtedly be an artistic highlight of the festival's chamber series.

Today’s Opening concert features Czech Philharmonic and Yo-Yo Ma.

The Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek will perform one of the most beautiful cello concerts ever composed. Despite the fact this concert is sold out, you are invited to join us at the life broadcast at CT art or in front of the large screen placed at Wenceslas Square. 

On the Trail of Dvořák opens the Festival

For the third time in the Festival’s history we all went „On the trail of Dvořák“. Our steps lead us to the villa „Rusalka“ in Vysoká, where Dvořák lived and composed.

Dvořák Prague Festival to host fresh winners of prestigious Echo Klassik Awards

(25. 8. 2015, Prague) The concert season is just around the corner, and shortly before its commencement the Deutsche Phono-Akademie has announced this year's winners of prestigious Echo Klassik Awards. No less than three of them will be appearing in the Dvořák Prague Festival, commencing only two weeks from now. Violin virtuoso David Garrett won a Bestseller of the Year award for his recording Timeless––Brahms & Bruch Violin Concertos. Another of the star soloists this year, pianist Piotr Anderszewski, won the award for Solo Recording of the Year in piano music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries for his album Bach: Englische Suiten 1, 3 & 5. And coming to the Dvořák Prague Festival in its 'Chamber Music Society' series will be the Tetzlaff Quartet, headed by violinist Christian Tetzlaff who shared in the album Dutilleux, deemed Symphonic Recording of the Year in music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Deutsche Phono-Akademie is an association of German recording companies and has been conferring these important awards since 1993. The awards will be presented at a festive ceremonial on 18 October in the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

On 'Family Day' in the Dvořák Prague Festival little listeners will have fun and hardly notice they're getting educated, about the life of Antonín Dvořák.

(16. 8. 2015, Prague) On Sunday 20 September the Rudolfinum and Jan Palach Square will resound with children's laughter, good cheer, and music. Visual arts and musical workshops, open air concerts, and an entertaining musical magic show will acquaint not only the littlest ones in a playful, non-serious way with the world of classical music and with one of the greatest composers––Antonín Dvořák. Some facts about Dvořák's life may be a surprise even for adults. Did you know for example that he was a great lover of steam trains and plum dumplings?

Participation in Family Day is free of charge except for the concert by Collegium 1704 at 11 am and The Classic Buskers with Neil Henry at 5 pm in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum. Tickets can be purchased online at our website or in the Rudolfinum box office starting 17 August 2015.

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Dvořák Prague Festival Announces Its Offerings. Festival To Be Launched by Yo-Yo Ma

(26. 3. 2015, Prague) The schedule of the Dvořák Prague Festival, planned for 7-23 September 2015, has been announced. Coming to Prague will be acclaimed ensembles like the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, led by Christoph von Dohnányi, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Soloists will include such brilliant artists as Piotr Anderszewski, David Garrett, Lisa Batiashvili, and Gautier Capuçon. Playing Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor in the official opening concert will be probably the greatest cellist of the present time, Yo-Yo Ma. The closing performance of the New World Symphony will be given by the Czech Philharmonic with maestro Semyon Bychkov. Curator of the successful 'Chamber Music Society' series is Ivo Kahánek.

Tickets to all festival concerts go on sale from Thursday 26 March 2015.

Jiří Bělohlávek was awarded Antonín Dvořák Prize 2014 at Carnegie Hall

(16. 11. 2014, New York) An internationally acclaimed conductor and advocate of Czech music, Jiří Bělohlávek, accepted the prestigious Antonín Dvořák Prize on 16 November at a festive event in New York’s Carnegie Hall. He received the award from Czech Minister of Culture Daniel Herman. This social function was attended by a number of other outstanding personalities of cultural, social and political life in the Czech Republic and the United States, such as for example Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, philanthropist, arts patron and founder of the KKCG Investment Group Karel Komárek and Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson. Antonín Dvořák III, the composer’s grandson, also travelled to Carnegie Hall, the venue of the world premiere of Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony.