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Feb 15, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tristan und Rusalka

This lecture and today's tours were rescheduled due to weather conditions. The lecture will take place on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH at 7PM.




To attend the lecture on the new date, please RSVP through this Eventbrite listing:

The Dvořák American Heritage Association presents musicologist and New York University professor Michael Beckerman in a Czech Center Gallery talk exploring Rusalka’s deeper meanings. Characterized as a "fairy-tale" opera, Dvorak’s Rusalka is indeed at least in part based on the the Little Mermaid story. But the opera, both in its use of recurring motives and in its psychological depth aspires to the dramatic power of Wagner's Tristan from Tristan and Isolde rather than the picturesque and contained world of Hans Christian Andersen. Themes of longing, wish for death and search for a kind of ultimate love pervade the opera and the final scene rises to the highest level of tragedy.

Michael Beckerman – Musicologist
Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, New York University;
B. A. 1973, Hofstra University; M. Ph., 1978; M. A., 1976; Ph.D. 1982, Columbia.

Areas of Research/Interest
Czech and Eastern European music; Musical Form and Meaning; Film Music; Music of the Roma (Gypsies); Music and War; Music in the Concentration Camps; Jewish Music; Music and Disability

External Affiliations
Leonard Bernstein Scholar in Residence, New York Philharmonic, 2016-17; International Board of Governors, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 2013-; Board of Directors, Czech Center, NY 2010-15; Vice-President, DAHA (Dvorák American Heritage Association) 2009-; Vice-President, American Musicological Society, 2010-12; Chairman, Jury for the International Melodrama Competition, Prague, 2006; Director of Research, OREL Foundation 2006-2008; Research Adviser, 2009- ; Board Member, Stanford Humanities Center; Board Member, IREX

Honorary Doctorate, Palacký University, Czech Republic, 2014. Golden Dozen Teaching Award, NYU 2013. George Estabrook Distinguished Alumnus Award, Hofstra University 2012. ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, 2006. Order of Merit, Czech Parliament, 2004. ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, 2004. Honorary Board if the Janácek Foundation, 2003. Special Citation from the Czech Parliament, 2003. Laureate of the Czech Music Council, 2000. Medal of the Dvorák Society, 1991. Medal of the Martinu Society, 1990. Janácek Medal of the Czech Ministry of Culture, 1988.

Select Publications
Books: Martinů's Mysterious Accident, ed., 2007 Pendragon Press. Janáček and His World, ed. Princeton University Press, 2003. New Worlds of Dvořák. W.W. Norton. 2003. Janáček and Czech Music, ed. Michael Beckerman andGlen Bauer, Pendragon Press, 1995. Janáček the Theorist. Pendragon Press, 1994. Dvořák and His World, ed. Princeton University Press, 1993.


Please arrive at least five minutes prior to showtime. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons at that time.

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Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Feb 15, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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