Dvořák’s ever-popular Ninth "New World" Symphony comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend. Edo de Waart will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which will also play two works by Beethoven. A Dutch conductor, de Waart is also Music Director of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
The stirring New World Symphony was composed by Dvořák in 1893, and was premiered at Carnegie Hall, after the New York Philharmonic commissioned the piece. Its widespread popularity was cemented when Neil Armstrong took a recording to the moon in 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission.
Actually, the symphony's appeal was no doubt secured during the very first playing - the Carnegie Hall audience cheered wildly after the end of each movement.
Conductor de Waart also frequently conducts opera. His first conducting appearance was, aptly, of The Flying Dutchman at the Santa Fe Opera. de Waart and his family reside in Middleton, Wisconsin, as well as Hong Kong.
• Friday, January 10, 2014, 8 p.m.
• Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, January 12, 2014, 2 p.m.
View a video of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra playing the New World Symphony.