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Feb 15, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Dvořák Day Centennial Concert

Radoslav Kvapil performs with Kevin Maynor

Sun, February 15 at 4 pm

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue at 73rd St.
Suggested contribution $10, $8 seniors and
For information call (212) 222-6684.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Antonín Dvořák´s death, Steven Richman, Music Director of the Dvořák Day Cencerts, has invited bass Kevin Mayner and pianist Radoslav Kvapil to perform a program including Dvořák´s Variations, op. 36, Dumka
& Furiant, op. 12, Poetic Tone Pictures. Biblical Songs, op.99, Janáček´s In a Mist. and songs by Dvořák´s "grandstudents" Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington.

Since 1997, the Dvořák Day Concerts have presented an annual event devoted to the music of Dvořák, as well as to the American composers he influenced. From 1892 to 1895, Antonín Dvořák resided at 327 E. 17th St. in New York City, where he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music. During this period, Dvořák endeavored to develop an “American School” of composition, and encouraged America’s composers to utilize their own folk music (i.e. spirituals and American Indian melodies) rather than study in Europe. Dvořák taught Rubin Goldmark (the future teacher of Gershwin and Copland) and Will Marion Cook (whom Duke Ellington called “my conservatory”). Dvořák’s assistant, a young black musician named Harry Burleigh, became a famous baritone, composer, and teacher who made many vocal and choral arrangements of spirituals.

In September 1997, Steven Richman conducted a gala Dvořák Day Concert of the Symphony “From the New World” with soloist Josef Suk performing on violin, in conjunction with the dedication of a statue of Dvořák in Stuyvesant Square Park, at 17th Street and Second Avenue, across the street from where Dvořák had lived a century before.

Bass Kevin Maynor has scored successes in over 40 operatic roles in five different languages. The first apprentice artist from the West to study at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Maynor is a Fulbright Award winner and a recipient of the George London Award as well as a Richard Tucker Career Grant winner. Among his numerous worldwide appearances, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the New York City Opera, at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg.


Promotional support provided by the Czech Center New York.


321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
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Feb 15, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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