Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Does Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”

Once again, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra fills the halls of Hilbert Circle Theatre with wonderfully orchestrated and conducted classical music. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” in tandem with works from Mozart and Lutoslawski. This Indianapolis music performance runs Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 for two days only in Indianapolis downtown in the Hilbert Circle Theatre off of Monument Circle. Tickets to this Indianapolis event range from $20.00 to $50.00, depending on seat placement. Don’t miss another exciting concert from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Antonin Dvorak wrote his Ninth Symphony in 1883, during a visit to the United States from 1892 to 1895. During his visit to “The New World,” he was interested in both Native American music and African American spirituals he heard, stating, “I am convinced that the future music of this country must be founded on what are called Negro melodies. These can be the foundation of a serious and original school of composition, to be developed in the United States. These beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them.”

His vision of the importance of African American spirituals to modern American music was both landmark and prophetic. Before Blue, R&B, Rap or Hip Hop, Dvorak recognized the potential of new rhythms and meaning in this music. Little did he know that a music empire founded on these same ideas would create a multi-billion dollar industry with stars that would change the way we feel about and understand the world.

Symphony No. 9 “From a New World” was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. It premiered on December 16, 1893 at Carnegie Hall, with conductor Anton Seidl at the helm. It was declared by the New York Evening Post that “a masterwork has been added to the symphonic literature.” Over one hundred years later, it still retains a sense of genius associated with first of this kind. Today, Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony is one of the most popular works in the repertoire. It has been performed across the nation and around the globe.

Though the piece was influenced heavily by African American and Native American music, it also contains a plethora of references to folk music of Czechoslovakia. Deriving themes from his native Bohemia and combining them with new ideas and idiosyncrasies of African American and Native American music made, and makes, for a sound like no other.

Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbanski conducts the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra through Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” In addition this Indianapolis music organization will perform Witold Lutoslawski’s “Little Suite.” This will be followed by a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Minor” with Dejan Lazic on piano. This marks a United States debut for Lazic, as he performs this weekend with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Don’t miss this Indianapolis nonprofit organization in action. Head to Indianapolis downtown’s Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle. Before the concert, take a stroll around the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument as you enjoy the warming Spring weather! After the music, grab dinner and drinks at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars downtown.

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Dvorak’s Symphony Number 9 “From the New World”
April 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46202