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Dvorak in America: In Search of the New World

In 2003 and 2004, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) Winter Festival explored issues of American identity through music by Antonin Dvorak. Inspired by Antonin Dvorak's advice that composers should turn to indigenous sources (such as African American spirituals and Native American chant) for inclusion in classical composition, NJSO explored American music and identity through activities and performances.

Facilitated discussions involved local students, community members, and musicians. NJSO musicians and scholars made visits to schools to prepare students for the concert by providing a musical, historical, and social context for Dvorak's compositions. Musicians from the symphony facilitated informal dialogues exploring American Identity with students after each performance.

Resource Link: www.americansforthearts.org/animatingdemocracy/labs/lab_098.asp

For information about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, go to www.njsymphony.org.

Joe Horowitz, Conductor



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In partnership with the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts (www.americansforthearts.org/animatingdemocracy/), NCDD's Leah Lamb researched arts-based civic dialogue programs in order to help dialogue & deliberation practitioners strengthen their work by linking it to the arts. NCDD hopes these resources will inspire you, and encourages you to connect with the artists, many of whom are interested in working with D&D practitioners.

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