Program #3: The New World and Its Music: Inspired by American dream and legends, Dvorak created some of his greatest works while living in the U.S., above all the "New World" Symphony. This program illuminates the multiple stories and influences - Native American, African-American, and Czech - that Dvorak transformed in his most beloved work. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Avanti! offers a contemporary interpretation of the American archetype of "moving on." Program #4: Politics and Art: Music has sometimes reflected, and at other times challenged repressive ideologies. Shostakovich abandoned the premiere of his challenging 4th symphony for fear of reprisals from the Stalinist government. His triumphant 5th Symphony was next, and the authorities were pleased. To this day the 5th is Shostakovich's most popular symphony. What is its message? What does "political music" mean today? Gerard Schwarz conducts All-Star Orchestra.