MOSL presents, “Father and Son”. On this concert we hear from Dvorak, Father in Law to Suk. Unlike Dvořák’s other symphonic poems, “A Hero’s Song” is not based upon a specific text, and it may have been intended to be autobiographical. One of Suk’s most famous teachers was Antonín Dvořák, who was not just a source of musical instruction and inspiration for the teenage composer, but the man who would eventually become his father-in-law. When dismissing his Prague Conservatory composition class for the summer at the end of the 1891-1892 school year, Antonín Dvorák bade 18-year-old Josef Suk, “It’s summertime now, so go and make something lively for a change, to compensate for all those pomposities in minor.” Suk took that advice and that summer created what is still his best-known work, a sunny and uncomplicated Serenade of substantial dimensions.