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Fantasia and more with the Dover Symphony Orchestra

Mar 7, 2017

The Dover Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its spring concert with a distinct Slavic theme. The concert is titled “Dvorak and More," the more being fellow classical heavyweights Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.

The centerpiece of the concert is Symphony in E Minor from Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Dover Symphony President Nancy Pikulik said the piece is influenced by the Czech composer's interest in the United States.

"He came to America and was fascinated by the American Indian and also the African American motifs and themes," Pikulik.

The peice showcases a violin solo by Concertmaster Stefan Xhori. 

"This piece gives an opportunity to show his virtuosity, but yet also the beautiful lyrical melodies that Dvorak created in this movement," Pikulik said.

The concert features a performance of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, which you may not know by name, but if you’ve seen Disney’s Fantasia, you probably recognize it.

The concert is March 19 at Dover Downs.