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Dvorak Diner: From the Old World

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Just before he departed Europe for his years spent in America, Czech-born composer Antonin Dvorak was elected to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. To acknowledge this honor the composer did what you might expect: he wrote a symphony. Today at noon on Classical 90.5, we've got the Eighth Symphony for you on the Dvorak Diner.

Dvorak's Eighth Symphony draws largely on melodies of his native Bohemia.  The work is a joyous and celebratory counterpoint to the composers occasionally more ponderous earlier symphonies. The Opus 88 adheres to the standard symphonic structure of the day with four movements: 1. Allegro con brio, 2. Adagio, 3. Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace, and 4. Allegro ma non troppo.

We'll serve up a classic recording today from the Berlin Philharmonic under conductor Rafael Kubelik.

The Dvorak Diner airs each Tuesday at noon on Classical 90.5 and is sponsored by the Robert Speer and Anna Gayton Fund.

Trevor serves as KBIA’s weekday morning host for classical music. He has been involved with local radio since 1990, when he began volunteering as a music and news programmer at KOPN, Columbia's community radio station. Before joining KBIA, Trevor studied social work at Mizzou and earned a masters degree in geography at the University of Alabama. He has worked in community development and in urban and bicycle/pedestrian planning, and recently served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia with his wife, Lisa Groshong. An avid bicycle commuter and jazz fan, Trevor has cycled as far as Colorado and pawed through record bins in three continents.