When Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, "From The New World" was premiered on December 16, 1893, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, then just established for 2 years, a new phase was inaugurated in Classical music composition. The United States, for the first time, became the source basis for the establishment of what that composer called "a great and noble school of music." The history of New York City's central role in one of the most important chapters in the latter-century advancement of the Classical tradition into America represents an untapped resource for generating new interest in the short-lived but groundbreaking American educational institution called the National Conservatory of Music. Between 1892-1895, barriers of ethnicity, gender and wealth were overthrown exactly at the time that they were being otherwise re-erected, both through the United States Supreme Court and by social convention, in the post-Civil War South and North.
Now, on December 18, 2018, the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture will celebrate this 125th "Dvorak at Carnegie Hall" anniversary on that very same stage, at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, with a concert and historical retrospective entitled: “Antonin Dvorak: America Is An Idea, Not Just A Place”. It will feature choral and instrumental works of Dvorak and his collaborators, including Johannes Brahms and Harry T. Burleigh.