“Our Four Arts 2022 festival, “Around Dvořák”, centers on the music of one of history’s most beloved composers. It’s exciting to discover that the famed creator of the New World Symphony was also the composer of a great number of definitive, masterful chamber works that constitute a significant portion of our standard repertoire today. In looking and listening “around” this impressive Czech composer, we’ll encounter those who influenced, inspired, and impacted Dvořák’s creativity, surrounded by an assemblage of his most heartfelt Romantic works, both classics and novelties. Hear an individual concert or participate in a week-long residency program with a package ticket.” – David Finckel and Wu Han, Beyer Artists-in-Residence
The opening program of this year’s festival frames Dvořák with two composers who would prove to be significant inspirations in his life. The first is the father of Czech music, Bedřich Smetana, whose heart- wrenching Trio served as an outlet for his grief. The second, Henry Burleigh, was a student at New York’s National Conservatory who taught Dvořák the African-American spirituals which informed some of his most famous works. Dvořák’s melodious String Quintet Op. 97, inspired by his time in Spillville, Iowa, rounds out an essential Bohemia-meets-the-New-World experience.