Dvorák in Love

A Musical History

With Francis Morrone

In 1892 the great Czech composer Antonín Dvorák moved to New York to be the director of the National Conservatory of Music, located on East 17th Street between Third Avenue and Irving Place. He lived in a brick row house (sadly demolished) on 17th between First and Second Avenues. He lived in New York, and traveled across America, until 1895, when he returned to Prague. The high point: the world premiere of his Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” at Carnegie Hall on December 16, 1893. Your guide has always led this tour around that date, and the weather, year after year, has been bone-chillingly cold. This time we switch to a date near the composer’s death, May 1 (115 years ago) in hopes of splendid weather. The tour is about Dvorák’s life in New York, the vibrant musical culture in the city at that time, and a fascinating cast of characters including Will Marion Cook, James Huneker (one of your guide’s heroes), Harry T. Burleigh, Leopold Eidlitz, Theodore Thomas, Jeannette Thurber, William S. Rainsford, William Steinway, Harry T. Finck, and others who helped make New York a musical mecca.

Sunday, May 12
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Member: $20
Non-member: $30

Exterior of Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Elisa Rolle. Modifications: photo cropped.