Dvořák Festival

DvorakThe next winter festival will highlight the music of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.  The Festival will include five of his symphonies, including the New World Symphony, and all three of his concertos.  The Festival will also feature a special presentation of Dvořák’s opera masterpiece, Rusalka in collaboration with The Opera San Antonio.  Additional single tickets for festival performances will be available to subscribers at a savings of 50% off when you purchase with your subscription.  Due to the collaboration, single tickets for Rusalka performance will go on sale at a later date.

Over twenty artistic partnerships are planned. Chamber music, choral music, organ music will all take place in January and February 2014.

The Symphony’s concerts will include:

January 10 & 11, 2014
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor | Jian Wang, cello
The Dvořák Festival opens with cellist Jian Wang returning to perform Dvořák’s best-loved concerto.
Dvořák Cello Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 8
Friday, January 17, 2014
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor | Michel Dalberto, piano
With his Symphony No. 6, Dvořák established himself as an internationally renowned composer.
Dvořák Piano Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 6

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor | Nancy Zhou, violin
San Antonio native Nancy Zhou returns to perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, which features gorgeous Czech melodies and Dvořák’s unique harmonic style.
Dvořák Violin Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 7
January 31 & Feb. 1, 2014
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor | San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director
Joyce El-Khoury, Rusalka | Brian Jagde, Prince
Christine Goerke, Foreign Princess | Alan Held, Water Sprite
Kristen Chavez, Jezibaba | Jame Robinson, director
A highlight of the Dvořák Festival is a special concert version of Dvořák’s opera masterpiece, Rusalka in a co-presentation of The Opera San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony.

Dvořák Rusalka (Concert Version)
February 7 & 8, 2014
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Influenced by the sights and sounds he experienced during a prolonged visit to America, Dvořák’s New World Symphony is a unique blend of Old World style and New World sounds.

Dvořák Symphony No. 5
Dvořák Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.| Majestic Theatre
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Maestro Lang-Lessing explains and gives musical examples from the masterpiece before a full performance as video close-ups of the orchestra and conductor are projected on screen.
Dvořák Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”