Classical:NEXT 2017 opens on May 17 in Rotterdam



The Opening Ceremony of Classical:NEXT has always been a big occasion: not only does it signal the beginning of the the global important music meeting for another year, but it also brings this spirit directly to the stage. Both the intercontinental and innovative perspective of Classical:NEXT are underlined at the opening ceremony. Every year, Classical:NEXT kicks off with an opening gala that showcases the NEXT music of a specific country, as well as keynote speeches from some of the biggest names in classical and contemporary music. Past keynote speakers include Martin Hoffmann, Thomas Hampson, Daniel Hope and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and galas have been curated by representatives of the Austrian, Luxembourgian and Canadian music scenes.

Classical:NEXT 2017 Opening

Instead of showcasing a country, the 2017 Opening will ask: ‘What’s the point?’. The opening programme, which is a joint production of Chineke! Foundation, Sphinx Organization, de Doelen and Piranha Arts, features a small selection of the many projects and people from around the world that are answering this question in ways relevant to their communities.

The Chineke! Orchestra, the main live ensemble of the evening, are one particularly recent and shining example. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, by increasing the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras. At Classical:NEXT, the orchestra will present a varied programme, with soloists Tai Murray (violin), Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano) and Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE (double bass), and conducted by Shaun Matthew. There will also be words from Chi-chi Nwanoku, Afa S. Dworkin of the Sphinx Organization and conductor Marin Alsop.

More Additions to the Conference Programme

Along with the Opening and Showcase announcements, a bunch of new sessions in the Conference programme has also just been announced! Among them are several new conference sessions, network meetings and off C:N presentations, covering a range of topics and formats from the NEXT:Tech session, looking at the latest technological answers to art music's questions, to the session entitled Epic Fail, where professions share their worst business mistakes - what happens in the room stays in the room! Representatives of Boosey & Hawkes, Ricordi, Naxos of America, Theater Basel and the London Symphony Orchestra will join to these sessions.



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