San Francisco Symphony musicians return to a more palatable world of symphonic performance with a family-friendly concert featuring Dvořák's "New World" Symphony. The composer wrote "New World," his ninth symphony, during a visit to America in the 1890s; and, indeed, the piece captures the chaos and creation of the Gilded Age. "New World" is a collage of multinational voices including those from the composer's Bohemian background, African-American spirituals, and Native American music. It is a thrilling and transformative experience."New World" has become Dvořák's most recognized work, finding new life in unexpected places. Neil Armstrong took a recording on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon; and elements of "New World" are scattered in cinematic themes by John Williams.
Sat., April 6, 2 p.m., 2013