National Orchestral Institute + Festival at Home: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8: with SPARK! Pre-Broadcast Conversation

National Orchestral Institute + Festival at Home: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8

with SPARK! Pre-Broadcast Conversation
Saturday, June 6, 2020 . 7:30 PM EST
Photo by Masataka Suemitsu
Principal People: 

Andrew Grams, conductor

National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic

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Recorded at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on June 8, 2019.

This year, The Clarice will deliver the National Orchestral Institute + Festival at Home! Throughout June 2020, NOI+F students will continue their orchestral training virtually and audiences will experience in-depth conversations through NOI+F at Noon streams, the virtual SPARK! Lounge and Saturday evening Philharmonic broadcasts.

Maryland-native Andrew Grams returned home in 2019 to lead a tour-de-force program anchored by Dvořák’s pastoral Symphony No. 8. In his eighth symphony, Dvořák invokes folk Bohemian idioms filled with earthy tones and bird-like sounds. Connect and create community at NOI+F’s virtual SPARK! Lounge 30 minutes before the philharmonic broadcast!

Broadcast Schedule:

7:30PM • SPARK! Virtual Lounge + Q&A
8PM • Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op.88

I. Allegro con brio

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace

IV. Allegro ma non troppo


Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts and long-term orchestra building. Grams has led orchestras throughout the United States including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago, Detroit, National, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Dallas and Houston Symphonies. He served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra between 2004 and 2007, where he worked under the guidance of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements. The 2018-2019 season marks Grams' sixth season as Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Grams holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from The Juilliard School, and a conducting degree from The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. In 2003, Grams studied with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin and Michael Stern at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School. On violin, Grams has appeared with the New York City Ballet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony.


The University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute + Festival trains aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen through a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and in the College Park, MD community. In 2019, conductor David Alan Miller and the NOI+F Philharmonic received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category for their Naxos recording “Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison.” Support NOI+F's virtual training programs and broadcasts at