"Dvorak's New World"

Composer, lecturer and conductor Karl Middleman explores Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony. Middleman is a career educator and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. He is accompanied by the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and its music director and conductor Teresa Cheung.

Watch the full episode on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Watch an interview with Middleman:

The Altoona Symphony has gained recognition for its musical diversity by performing both classical and popular works featuring talented local artists and nationally acclaimed musicians.

Watch an interview with the Symphony director Teresa Cheung:


 This episode was taped at The Mishler Theatre at The Blair County Arts Foundation in Altoona. The Mishler Theatre is nearly 100 years old and is listed as a National Registry of Historic Places.

Watch an interview with The Mishler's Kate Shaffer:


Additional Resources:

Conductor Marin Alsop on Dvorák’s symphony as an American journey

Composer’s Biography

Dvorák’s Midwestern experience, with timeline and pictures

Biography of Harry T. Burleigh, African American composer, Dvorák associate

Program Notes for New World Symphony

Antonin Dvorák’s Letters and Reminiscences (Sourek, 1954)

A visual analysis of the first movement in Dvorak’s New World Symphony