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Why I started this blog

How can we make classical music - and especially symphonic music -more attractive for contemporary audiences?  The classical symphony orchestra seems to be old-fashioned and worn out at the beginning of the 21st century. And although many young people actually like classical music and listen to it with pleasure - f.e.in films and games - they are … Continue reading Why I started this blog

Who is the orchestra?

The South Netherlands Philharmonic has just answered that question. It published the official orchestra foto for the year 2018 in which the musicians and the staff-members are standing side-by-side.  This is a quite a step. The traditional definition of the symphony orchestra considers the musicians (plus sometimes the conductor) as the orchestra. The staf is … Continue reading Who is the orchestra?

Search procedure for the first professor for Innovation of Classical Music

I reported earlier about my initiative to found the Maastricht Center for the Innovation of Classical Music as a cooperation between the University of Maastricht, Hogeschool Zuyd and the South Netherlands Philharmonic. Today the search for the personality to become the first Professor on Innovation of Classical Music started. Here is the full profile of … Continue reading Search procedure for the first professor for Innovation of Classical Music

Two orchestras receive award for Germany’s “most innovative orchestra of the year 2017”

The announcement came as a surprise today as there are two orchestra's who received an award today by the Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung. Out of  33 applications an international jury of experts chaired by Peter Ruzicka awarded the main price to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. But also the Staatsorchester Mainz received a special award for a specific project. … Continue reading Two orchestras receive award for Germany’s “most innovative orchestra of the year 2017”

World premiere Symphonic Cinema of Ravel`s Daphnis & Chloe

An new production of Lucas van Woerkum's "Symphonic Cinema" - we reported earlier about this initiative - will be premiered in Maastricht & Eindhoven by the philharmonie zuidnederland at the end of september 2017. Ravel's music Daphnis and Chloe will be given a new layer. Watch a first trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=fbEzZBZDYig Whereas the original ballet … Continue reading World premiere Symphonic Cinema of Ravel`s Daphnis & Chloe

Groove replaces the conductor

Are you aware what the Berlin based "Stegreif Orchester" - an improvising symphony orchestra - under the artistic direction of Juri de Marco is doing? "We do things a bit differently," the orchestra says " As such, our concerts feature new elements gained from what we leave out: Music stands → Eye contact Conductor → Our own … Continue reading Groove replaces the conductor

Update: Germany supports 31 orchestra’s with additional EUR 11, 1 million for innovation

We reported earlier about Germany's cultural minister Monika Grütters' initiative to support orchestral innovation in Germany with substantial additional funding. Today it was made public by the ministry that projects of 31 publicly funded orchestra's were chosen for support of state money. The orchestra's of Jena, Konstanz and Hamburg received more than one million Euro's. Remarkably, no … Continue reading Update: Germany supports 31 orchestra’s with additional EUR 11, 1 million for innovation

Opportunity to try-out new formats at Classical:NEXT Rotterdam in 2018

The Classical:NEXT has build up a reputation in recent years to become one of the most important hot-spots in Europe to connect people worldwide who are looking for fresh ideas in classical music. For the 2018 edition the conference is now collecting ideas for their Orchestral Innovation Project. Interested parties - and especially orchestra musicians … Continue reading Opportunity to try-out new formats at Classical:NEXT Rotterdam in 2018

German minister allocates 5,4 million Euro’s for orchestra innovation

UPDATE: Monika Grütters, Germany's federal minister of culture, has announced a substantial amount of money to help orchestras to innovate. A paper describing the support program has been published on the website of the ministry of culture. Major elements are: (1) Only orchestra's settled in Germany that receive regular public funding can apply. Orchestra's on … Continue reading German minister allocates 5,4 million Euro’s for orchestra innovation

A change in mindset with Montreal’s collectif 9

Yesterday evening I attended a performance of Canada's collectif9 - The Classical String Band at the Classical:NEXT conference in Rotterdam. It is an interesting example of how classical music can have a very different appearance with just a few adjustments. Collectif9 was founded in 2011 and consists of nine string players. The 30min show I saw … Continue reading A change in mindset with Montreal’s collectif 9