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Oct 13, 2018 12:00 AM - Nov 9, 2018 12:00 AM

Celebrating 100 Years of Czech Independence

We invite you to celebrate the anniversary of 100 years of Czech independence with the ambassador of Czech music, the Czech Philharmonic, and the rare opportunity to see Dvořák's original manuscript of Cello Concerto in B minor.

Join us for a month-long celebration of Antonín Dvořák, one of the most iconic musician and composer. Many events including a presentation of original manuscript of his masterwork Cello Concerto for the first time on view in US.

Dvořák´s original manuscript of Cello Concerto will be on view for the first time in the United States!
October 13 - November 9, 2018 at the CCNY Gallery

During the last years of his life the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) was considered by many throughout the Western world to be the greatest of all living composers. And his popularity has never waned: his music still speaks to us today and occupies a conspicuous position in performance repertoire.

The Czech Philharmonic returns to NY for the first concert of their U.S. tour with new Chief Conductor and Music Director, Semyon Bychkov. We invite you to celebrate 100 years of Czech independence with the ambassador of Czech music, the Czech Philharmonic, for a weekend full of jubilee.

Exhibition: Antonín Dvořák - Cello Concerto in B minor

October 13 - November 9, 2018
CCNY Gallery

The last work Dvořák composed in America was his beloved Cello Concerto in B minor. Dvořák had doubts about the cello as a solo instrument, but after hearing the premiere performances of the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Victor Herbert, his colleague at the National Conservatory of Music of America, he was inspired to fulfill a request by a prominent Czech cellist, Hanuš Wihan, and composed a cello concerto of his own. The concerto was first read through in February 1895, in the parlor of Dvořák's house on Manhattan's East 17th Street, during a visit of the Kneisel Quartet from Boston by the quartet's cellist, Alwin Shroeder––the "first hearing in history"–– with the maestro at the piano.

In collaboration with the National Museum in Prague and Carnegie Hall Archives, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

Open House New York 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2PM - 6PM
Sunday, October 14, 2PM - 6PM
Bohemian National Hall


For the third time, the New York City landmark Bohemian National Hall is opening its doors for guided tours, offering the rare opportunity to see not only the building itself but also Dvořák´s manuscript of the Cello Concerto at the Czech Center Gallery on BNH 2nd floor. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see Dvořák Room on the 3rd floor and magnificent Ballroom on the 4th floor. 
Enrich your visit with Dvořák's favorite drink Czech beer for a special price at the Bohemian Spirit Restaurant.

In collaboration with OHNY, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, DAHA, BBLA, Czech Tourism.



Dvořák in New York: Some Additional Notes

Viewing dates:
Saturday, October 13, 3PM - 6PM

Sunday, October 14, 2PM - 6PM
Thursday, October 18, 8:30PM -9:30PM
Thursday, November 1, 5PM - 7PM 

Dvořák Room, BNH


Visit the Dvořák Room to view an associated exhibit featuring the New York Philharmonic’s original program from the New York premiere of the Cello Concerto in March 1897, plus evidence of Dvorak’s “work in progress” from his New York residency. Projecting the ambiance of a late 19th century parlor, the Dvorak Room displays a number of original artifacts, including the mantelpiece salvaged from Dvorak’s apartment on East 17th Street in Manhattan (now demolished). The Dvorak Room, maintained by the Dvorak American Heritage Association, is dedicated to increasing awareness of Dvorak’s extraordinary musical accomplishments and the lasting influence of his American period as Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895.
In collaboration with Dvořák American Heritage Association & Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Assosiation.


Czech Beer Days

October 13-18, 2018
Bohemian Spirit Restaurant, Manhattan
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, Astoria, Queens

The best lagers in the world are brewed in the Czech Republic thanks to its exceptional brewing tradition and finest ingredients – Czech hops and malt. Come and grab a pint of Czech beer Pilsner Urquell, Czechvar or Praga for $4 on draft to mark CZECH BEER DAYS at Bohemian Spirit. Happy hour all day!

In collaboration with Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York and Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington D.C.



Gilded Age Newsmakers: Antonín Dvořák, Jeannette Thurber, and the National Conservatory of Music of America

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7PM
Bohemian National Hall - Cinema

In a talk by cultural historian Majda Kallab Whitaker of the Dvořák American Heritage Association, learn how Antonín Dvořák and Jeannette Thurber, 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 Dvořak's greatest works - from the "New World" Symphony to the Cello Concerto - during his epoch-making three-year American residency.

Majda Kallab Whitaker is an independent scholar and curatorial consultant specializing in late nineteenth and early twentieth century cultural and design history, and has acted as curatorial advisor for DAHA's Dvořák Room in the Bohemian National Hall since 2006.  She has presented lectures, walking tours, and exhibitions including "New World Diplomacy: The Contract that Brought Antonín Dvořák to America," and recently authored an article on Antonín Dvořák, Jeannette Thurber and the National Conservatory of Music of America in 19th Century Magazine, a publication of the Victorian Society in America.  Born in Prague, she is a graduate of Vassar College and Bard Graduate Center for material culture studies in New York City, and serves as a Board Member of the Dvořák American Heritage Association and the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association.
In collaboration with DAHA & BBLA.




Friday, October 26, 2018, 8PM 
Bohemian National Hall - Ballroom

Recital with members of the Czech Philharmonic and Ensemble Connect. Welcome the Czech Philharmonic to New York with their new Chief Conductor, Semyon Bychkov and view the original manuscript of Antonín Dvořák's Cello Concerto to celebrate the anniversary of 100 years of Czech independence.

Antonín Dvořák: Klid (Silent Woods) op. 68/V (7’)
Alisa Weilerstein – cello
David Mareček – piano

Eugène YsaÿeSonata No. 5 in G major (10‘)
I. L'Aurore
II. Danse rustique
Josef Špaček – violin

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American“ (26’)
I. Allegro ma non troppo 
II. Lento 
III. Molto vivace 
IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo 

Jiří Vodička – 1st violin 
Jennifer Liu – 2nd violin 
Jaroslav Pondělíček – viola 
Ari Evan – cello 

In collaboration with Czech Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN and Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.





Saturday, October 27, 2018, 8PM 
Carnegie Hall
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Cello Concerto and Symphony No. 7 by Czech Philharmonic with Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov and Alisa Weilerstein (cello).
Hearing a great orchestra perform Dvořák is memorable, but to experience a legendary Czech orchestra play his music is unforgettable. Not a single note in is misjudged in a symphony where form and melody come together brilliantly, while the Cello Concerto’s virtuoso passages for the soloist thrill and its elegiac tone touches the heart.




Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2PM 
Carnegie Hall
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Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2 is one of the most powerful music meditations on life, death, and the beyond. The dramatic arc of the symphony rises up towards the gorgeous alto solo “Urlicht” ("Primal Light"), and is shattered by a depiction of the last judgment before soaring heavenward in one of the most resplendent choral finales ever composed.   

Czech Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Elisabeth Kulman, Mezzo-Soprano
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Lukáš Vasilek, Principal Conductor



Film Screening: The American Letters

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7PM
Bohemian National Hall - Cinema

Director: Jaroslav Brabec, 2015, 102 min, Czech Republic. In Czech with English subtitles.

This biopic offers an intimate insight into the family life of Antonín Dvořák, who wrote his Cello Concerto while in New York City. The third movement was a tribute to his sister-in-law, Josefína, who had written him a letter saying she was seriously ill...



Concert: Czech and American Youth´s take on Dvořák

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7PM
Bohemian National Hall - CCNY Gallery

Program performed by students from the Prague Conservatoire and NYU Steinhardt School of Music.

Sylvie Bodorová (1954) – Gila Rome for viola solo
Vojtěch Eberhart – viola (Prague Conservatory)

Roman Haas – Duo No. 1 for viola and cello
Vojtěch Eberhart – viola (Prague Conservatory)
Adam Klánský – cello (Prague Conservatory)

Antonín Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor (2nd movement)
Petr Nouzovský – cello
Nelson Padgett – piano

Antonín Dvořák - Piano trio Dumky, op. 90 (1th, 3th and 5th movements)
Zoe Dweck – violin (Steinhardt NYU)
Julia Choi – cello (Steinhardt NYU)
Isidora Vladic – piano (Steinhardt NYU)

Antonín Dvořák String Quartet No. 12, No. 96 „American“ (2nd, 4th movements)
Arianna de la Cruz - violin 1 (Steinhardt NYU)
Sunjay Jayaram - violin 2 (Steinhardt NYU)
Vojtěch Eberhart – viola (Prague Conservatory)
Adam Klánský – cello (Prague Conservatory)


In collaboration with Consulate General of Czech Republic in New York.


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From: Oct 13, 2018 12:00 AM
To: Nov 9, 2018 12:00 AM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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