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Dvorak Diner: From the Old World

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.
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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.

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