Gilded Age Newsmakers: Dvorak and Thurber


October 18, 2018 , 7:00 pm

[1st Floor]

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.

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Organized by: DAHA, Czech Center NY, BBLA