Dvorak's New World -December
music of the people is a rare and lovely flower that lies hidden among
all the races"
- Antonin Dvorak
Harry Clark created "Dvorak's New World" in 2005.
In 1892, Antonin Dvorak set sail from his native Bohemia to New York to
assume the Directorship of New York’s National Conservatory of Music.
Dvorak spent the next three years teaching composition to a few select
students and leading the school orchestra in six public performances
each season. His most profound friendship was with Harry T.
Burleigh, grandson of a slave, and a student at the Conservatory.
Burleigh, a brilliant vocalist and budding composer, introduced Dvorak
to America’s hidden gems – singing the folk songs and spirituals of his
people and discussing with him the possibilities of using this music as
inspiration for a major composition. Soon after, Dvorak used some of
these songs as the basis for his symphony,
"From the New World.” The world premiere took place at Quinnipiac University with
Gregoire Mouning in the role of Harry T. Burleigh.
About the music
In the true Chamber Music PLUS tradition of
presenting the standards alongside little known gems, Dvorak's New
World focuses on selections by Dvorak for piano (most audiences
familiar with the orchestral and chamber music repertoire), songs
of Harry T. Burleigh, rarely included on the mostly disappearing art
song recital format, and Negro Spirituals.
You are listening to the only known recording of Harry T.Burleigh
We are thrilled to welcome Louis Gossett JR to The
Louis Gossett, JR.
is one of the most sought after
and busiest actors working in theatrical feature films and television
Meanwhile, his big screen reputation grew with critically
acclaimed work in such comedies as "The
Landlord" (1970) ”The Skin
Game”(1971) with James Garner,
"Travels with My
and the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning drama "The River Niger" (1975). A
riveting performance as a drug-dealing cutthroat stalking Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset in "The Deep" (1977) catapulted him to
wider popularity, but the tough by-the-book drill sergeant in "An
Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) won him a Best Supporting Oscar that
consolidated his place in the Hollywood hierarchy.
Currently, Lou has become the new lead on the popular science fiction
series “Stargate SG-1”
introducing him to a new generation of fans
worldwide. Lou is also developing a nonprofit foundation aimed at
creating entertainment that helps bring awareness and education to
issues such as racism, ignorance, and societal apathy.
To read more on his brilliant career click here.
Making his Tucson debut is bass-baritone Aubrey Allicock.
is a recent graduate of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
While attending Grand Canyon University on a full tuition scholarship, Aubrey was heavily involved with the
Choral and Opera work shops. His Operatic roles include: Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro , Ping in
Turandot , the Old Doctor in Vanessa, and King Balthazar in Menotti’s
famed one act Christmas Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.
also performed as
the Bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah
with members of the Phoenix Symphony
Orchestra and the GCU Chorale.
He has won many vocal competitions such as Arizona’s National
Association of teachers of singing award in 2003, 2004, and 2005
He recently made his European debut as Bass soloist in Mozart’s
Coronation Mass and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.
studied voice with
Metropolitan Opera’s Mezzo-Soprano Gail
Dubinbaum, and has coached with award winning composer and
conductor John Massaro.
He is currently a pupil Andreas Poulimenos at Indiana University,
where he is a candidate for the Master's Degree and will soon perform
the role of the “Unnamed
Bass” in Thompson’s
and Penhorwood’s comic opera,
We are pleased to introduce this young upcoming star to Tucson audiences.
Sanda Schuldmann, will be the pianist for the event.
Show time: 3 p.m.
Pre concert chat: 2:30 p.m.
Venue: The Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 West Speedway Blvd.
here for directions to the hall.