It’s December, but this year New York City rings with more than sleigh bells and carols. Dvořák abounds, thanks to The New World Initiative, a centerpiece of our 175th season celebration, which offers New Yorkers the chance to connect with each other through a wide variety of performances of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, a work associated with the Orchestra since its premiere and so a piece of the city’s cultural history.
We kicked it off in September, with our Opening Gala Concert (you can see it here). Now, four other NYC–based groups are performing excerpts, especially “Goin’ Home,” based on the memorable English horn melody heard in the symphony’s Largo.
On December 4 the Greenwich Village Orchestra’s autism-friendly Annual Family Concert features an audience sing-along of “Goin’ Home.”
Head to Brooklyn on December 6 and 9 for the Borough of Manhattan Community College Select Chorus’s premiere of an original choral piece based on it, written by Eun Ho Kim, its composer-in-residence.
On December 10 Corona Youth Music Project is performing an arrangement of the symphony’s 4th movement.
And on the 15th the middle- and upper-school choirs, orchestras, and jazz ensembles of the Berkeley Carroll School will perform “Goin’ Home” in the school’s winter concert.
Check out these and future events, as well as videos of the NWI performances to date, at newworldinitiative.com.