Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor


October 13, 2018 - November 9, 2018,

[2nd Floor]

The last work Antonin Dvorak composed in America was his beloved Cello Concerto in B minor. Dvorak had doubts about the cello as a solo instrument, but after hearing the premiere performances of the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Victor Herbert, his colleague at the National Conservatory of Music of America, he was inspired to fulfill a request by a prominent Czech cellist, Hanuš Wihan, and composed a cello concerto of his own. The concerto was first read through in February 1895, in the parlor of Dvorak's house on Manhattan's East 17th Street, during a visit of the Kneisel Quartet from Boston by the quartet's cellist, Alwin Shroeder––the "first hearing in history"–– with the maestro at the keyboard.

Free and open to the public.

Organized by: Czech Center NY, National Museum in Prague, Carnegie Hall Archives, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.