On October 1, 2011, the Director of the Dvořák Museum in Prague, Eva Velická, presented a lecture on "Manuscripts as Storytellers" at the Library of Congress as part of a special symposium celebrating Antonín Dvořák. Velická also exhibited a collection of photographs of Dvořák and facsimiles of some of his most notable works, including the New World Symphony. The following day, she gave a lecture at the Embassy of the Czech Republic as part of the Embassy's Music Garden Party, where the collection of photographs and facsimiles were also on view to the public.
Eva Velická is the current Director of the Dvořák Museum, which is under the management of the National Museum in the Czech Republic. After finishing high school, Velická pursued her studies in musicology at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. She completed her doctorate in 2006, writing her dissertation on Bohuslav Martinů. Since 2006, she has been chairwoman and one of the founders of Omnimusa o.s., an association that supports the fevelopment and the realization of music works as well as connects music with other art genres.
Photo credit: Patrick G. Ryan