Dvořák, MacDowell, and Delacroix: The New World

APRIL 10, 2022
Sunday at 2 PM

Part of TŌN’s Sight & Sound series

In the hit series Sight & Sound, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A.

From their earliest encounters in the New World, Europeans were mesmerized by the indigenous peoples of North America. In the 1820s and 30s, French painter Eugène Delacroix worked on a canvas depicting a Natchez family as they fled the massacre of their tribe up the Mississippi River. The accelerating stream of European migration during the 19th century spelled disaster for Native Americans. Artists and composers on both sides of the Atlantic responded by foregrounding the unique character of Native American culture. Edward MacDowell’s Indian Suite incorporates indigenous melodies and rhythms. Antonín Dvořák, who came to America in the 1890s and taught composition in New York, believed Native American and African American culture were the defining, distinctive, and inspiring sources for the future of American music. His famous New World Symphony, particularly the second movement, was inspired by Longfellow’s poem on Hiawatha.

Eugène Delacroix’s The Natchez is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in the 19th and Early 20th Century European Paintings and Sculpture collection.


Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 9, From the New World (Mvt. 2)

Edward MacDowell Suite No. 2, Indian

Eugène Delacroix The Natchez


Tickets start at $30

Children under the age of 12 may not attend performances at this time. See more COVID-19 info below.

Program Detail

The event will last approximately 2 hours.

Discussion, on-screen artworks, and musical excerpts
Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now
45 min

20 min

Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 9, From the New World (movement 2)
13 min

Edward MacDowell Suite No. 2, Indian
31 min

Q&A with the audience
10 min

All timings are approximate. Program and artists subject to change.

Sample the Music

Dvořák Symphony No. 9, From the New World (Mvt. 2)

Edward MacDowell Suite No. 2, Indian

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The Met’s Bring the Kids program is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

MetLiveArts performances require proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose series vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine). The Met may require additional safety measures for these performances and will communicate such measures to confirmed guests in advance.

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Image: Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris). The Natchez (detail), 1823–24 and 1835. Oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 46 in. (90.2 x 116.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Gifts of George N. and Helen M. Richard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. McVeigh and Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, by exchange, 1989 (1989.328)

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