New World Order: The Symphony Does Dvorak
By Jessica Hilo
San Francisco Symphony musicians return to a more palatable world of symphonic performance with a family-friendly concert featuring Dvořák's "New World" Symphony. The composer wrote "New World," his ninth symphony, during a visit to America in the 1890s; and, indeed, the piece captures the chaos and creation of the Gilded Age. "New World" is a collage of multinational voices including those from the composer's Bohemian background, African-American spirituals, and Native American music.
It is a thrilling and transformative experience."New World" has become Dvorák's most recognized work, finding new life in unexpected places. Neil Armstrong took a recording on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon; and elements of "New World" are scattered in cinematic themes by John Williams.
Music for Families: Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World starts April 6 at 2 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. Admission is $12.50-$60; call 864-6000 or visit sfsymphony.org.