Sight and Sound:

Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now


Date and Time

April 10, 2022

2 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

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The Orchestra Now, Conducted by Leon Botstein

Dvořák, MacDowell, and Delacroix: The New World
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 2 pm

Wynona Wang, piano

Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” (Mvt. 2); Ferruccio Busoni’s Indian Fantasy, Op. 44 for Piano and Orchestra; and Eugène Delacroix, The Natchez

The Met continues its ongoing series exploring the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein draws connections between Eugène Delacroix’s painting of a Natchez family forced to flee after the massacre of their tribe and composer Ferruccio Busoni’s Indian Fantasy (1913–14), which is based on Indigenous melodies and rhythms, and the second movement of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony (1893), which was inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's much-critiqued poem “The Song of Hiawatha.” The program will be followed by a Q&A.

Eugène Delacroix’s The Natchez is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 801.

Piano by Steinway & Sons.

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