One in this series on the performing arts. In this installment -- one in a series of live broadcasts from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City -- guest conductor Rafael Kubelik and pianist Claudio Arrau join the New York Philharmonic for a program of Beethoven and Dvorak in the newly reconstructed Avery Fisher Hall. The first portion of the program offers two Beethoven works, beginning with the orchestra's performance of the short but lush "Egmont" Overture. After a bit of comic business involving the adjustment of the piano bench by a stage hand, Arrau joins the Philharmonic for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor. During the interval that follows, host Dick Cavett interviews two guests. Acoustical consultant Cyril Harris joins Cavett onstage to analyze some of the recent changes in the auditorium, which has been redesigned to improve the sound quality. He highlights a number of new features, including the oak panels of varying size on the wall, the new rear wall, the wooden floor, and the curved edges to the balconies and boxes. Harris argues that even an amateur listener should be able to perceive the improvements in the room's acoustics, and he praises the work of architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. After the interview with Harris, Cavett goes backstage to chat with Amyas Ames, the chairman of Lincoln Center; Ames pronounces the $6,400,000 spent on the renovations money well spent and elaborates on the role a cultural institution like Lincoln Center can play in a major city. The concert then resumes with the Philharmonic's performance of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"; announcer Martin Bookspan explains that Dvorak based this work on his perception of African-American and Native-American melodies. The final ovation includes special applause for English horn soloist Thomas Stacy.

(This program contains minor technical problems. This represents the best copy of this program currently available to the Paley Center.)

Cataloging of this program was made possible by The Edward John Noble Foundation.


  • DATE: November 20, 1976 Saturday 8:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:58:50
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:69877
  • GENRE: Music
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Orchestral music
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1976-


    • John Goberman … Producer
    • Peter B. Scharff … Production Management
    • Kirk Browning … Director
    • Lynwood B. King, Jr. … Director, Intermission Director
    • Alan Skog … Associate Director
    • Christopher Porterfield … Writer
    • Ludwig van Beethoven … Composer
    • Antonin Dvorak … Composer
    • Rafael Kubelik … Conductor
    • New York Philharmonic, The … Symphony Orchestra
    • Claudio Arrau … Instrumentalist, Pianist
    • Rodney Friend … Instrumentalist, Concertmaster
    • Thomas Stacy … Instrumentalist, English horn
    • Dick Cavett … Host
    • Martin Bookspan … Announcer
    • Amyas Ames … Guest
    • Cyril Harris … Guest
    • John Burgee
    • Philip Johnson