Antonin Dvorak

Airs Saturday, July 9, at 12 noon. In our final season performance from the Lyric Opera of Chicago we'll hear Antonin Dvorák's Rusalka staring Ana María Martínez in the title role and Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, with Jill Grove as Jezibaba, Eric Owens as Vodnik, and Ekaterina Gubanova as Foreign Princess. Sir David McVicar directs, Michael Black is our chorus master and Sir Andrew Davis leads the Lyric OperaOrchestr and Chorus in this performance.

Airs Monday, July 11, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, pianist Stephen Hough will join maestro Alan Gilbert in a performance of the Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33 by Antonín Dvořák, with Schumann's “Manfred” Overture opening the concert and Nielsen's monumental Symphony No. 4, the “Inextinguishable” concluding the concert.

Airs Thursday, July 23, at 8 p.m. During his career, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak wrote 14 string quartets, all between 1862 and 1895. His final two quartets, with their mastery of form, color and expression, are a fitting summation of Dvorak's exceptional achievement in this genre. During March of 2010, the Emerson Quartet performed two all-Dvorak concerts at the Savannah Music Festival which featured several of the great composer's masterworks.

Airs Thursday, July 16, at 8 p.m. In December of 1891, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak accepted the offer of Jeanette Thurber to become the director of the National Academy of Music in New York City. Mrs. Thurber hoped that the conservatory, which she founded in 1885, would foster the development of American concert music. It was Dvorak's opinion that the future music of America must be based on its folk melodies, which would serve as the real foundation of any serious and original school of composition in the United States. On this Savannah Music Festival we feature performance of Dvorak's music by the Emerson String Quartet, including the String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major Opus 51 and the String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Opus 96 ("The American").

Airs Monday, October 20 at 11 a.m.  This week on the Pittsburgh Sympony; Manfred Honeck will lead the orchestra in Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; Leos Janceck’s Suite from Jenufa, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8; and pianist Yulianna Avdeeva will be the guest soloist for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. Jim Cunningham will be your host.