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2016–17: Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony — In Search of an American Voice

The Czech master Antonín Dvořák came to New York in 1892 to head the new National Conservatory of Music, and to help American composers create an American sound. His Symphony No. 9, subtitled by him From the New World, and premiered by the New York Philharmonic, backed up what he said in interviews: American composers should look to African-American spirituals and Native-American music for inspiration, not to Europe. His approach sparked controversy but proved prophetic. What are the characteristics of these folk traditions, and how did Dvořák adapt them to symphonic form? What impact did he have here as a teacher and thinker, and what is American music today? Discover how meaningful this symphony — one of the most popular ever composed — remains, and how today’s school-age composers respond to these questions. These concerts are part of the New World Initiative, celebrating the New York Philharmonic’s 175th season.

With curriculum for advance preparation, a stimulating and interactive performance format, live cameras giving everyone an up-close view of the action on a big screen, and the thrilling sound of one of the world’s great orchestras, Young People’s Concerts for Schools consistently receive top ratings from teachers for education value.

Joshua Gersen, conductor
Theodore Wiprud, host

Dvořák Selections from Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Very Young Composers: New Works in Response to Dvořák

Resource Materials for Teachers
Middle and High School


$8 per student
To register, please see links below. Registration deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016
For registration questions, please contact (212) 875-5732

Concert Submission

Be a part of the Young People’s Concerts for Schools!

Submission Form (Deadline: Friday, January 6)
Release Form

Elementary Schools Concerts (grades 3–6)

Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:30–11:30 AM — limited availability
Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:00–1:00 PM — limited availability
Friday, January 20, 2017 11:00 AM–12:00 PM — limited availability
Friday, January 20, 2017 12:30–1:30 PM

Teachers' Workshop
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:00–6:00 PM

Middle and High Schools Concerts (grades 6–12)

Wednesday January 18, 2016 10:30–11:30 AM — limited availability
Wednesday, January 18, 12:00–1:00 PM

Teachers' Workshop
Monday, November 7, 2016 4:00–6:00 PM

More Ways To Engage

Open Rehearsals
Attend a real Philharmonic rehearsal! From September to June — on 26 week-day mornings — you and your school group have the opportunity to watch the Philharmonic at work. Learn more.

Student Rush
Students can purchase $18.00 rush tickets for select concerts up to 10 days before the concert.
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Young People’s Concerts for Schools are made possible with support from the Carson Family Charitable Trust and the Mary and James G. Wallach Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman, Tiger Baron Foundation, Muna and Basem Hishmeh and the Mary P. Oenslager Student Concert Endowment Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist positions are funded by The Susan W. Rose Fund for Teaching Artists.

Very Young Composers is sponsored, in part, by The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc., Muna and Basem Hishmeh, Mr. and Mrs. A. Slade Mills, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Solender, and The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.