Explore Day: Dvořák
Saturday 11 November 2017, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Alexander Gibson Opera Studio
100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB

Explore Day: Dvořák is presented by Professor Jan Smaczny (Queen’s University Belfast) - author, broadcaster, journalist and an extensively published authority on Dvořák’s life and work. The day will include detailed exploration of Dvořák’s violin and piano concertos, both of which are featured in SCO Season Concerts, and of Dvořák's compositions from his time in the United States, particularly the 'New World' Symphony and his deeply personal and emotional Biblical Songs. Come along to this SCO Explore Day with Professor Jan Smaczny with excerpts performed by SCO Cello Eric de Wit.

Explore Day: Dvořák is delivered in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Professor Jan Smaczny
Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music at Queen's University Belfast
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Jan Smaczny is Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music at Queen's University Belfast. He is an author, broadcaster and journalist with extensive publication on Antonín Dvořák. On the Composer he has published two books, The Daily Repertoire of the Prague Provisional Theatre (1994) and Dvorak's Cello Concerto (1999). He has wide-ranging research interests, particularly in relation to the impact of earlier music, including that of Bach, on composers of the Romantic era. He has contributed articles to a number of publications, including The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia (2006). 

Eric de Wit
SCO Cello
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Dutch cellist Eric de Wit has been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2009. He frequently tours with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, under Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Simon Rattle. Eric is a guest continuo cellist with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, having performed with them in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Luxembourg Philharmonie as well as in several major venues in South America, including the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.