A delegation of Canadian orchestra representatives under the direction of OC’s executive director Katherine Carleton as chef de mission, will be attending the fourth edition of Classical : Next in Rotterdam at the end of May. This exercise in cultural diplomacy is made possible with the financial help of Canada Council for the Arts.
A product of the Association for Classical Independent Labels in Germany (CLASS) and of WOMEX, an international market for professional music, Classical : Next’s first edition was held in Munich in 2012. The following year, the conference was hosted by Vienna and last year, it was held in Berlin in conjunction with the celebrations commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Classical:NEXT unites the global classical community, creating a worldwide movement to explore potential paths forward into the future (mission statement 2012). A gathering of innovators, Classical :Next is also an opportunity to promote talent, creative ideas and best practices in classical music.
Hosted by the Canadian Music Centre and Canada Council for the Arts, opening night activities will showcase Canadian talent. Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Orchestre Métropolitain, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra) will be a guest speaker and so will maestra and soprano Barbara Hannigan. David Pay, of Vancouver’s Music on Main is the designated artistic director of the opening programme which will feature among others Inuit throat singer par excellence Tanya Tagaq, and the Cecilia String Quartet of Toronto.
Members of the Canadian delegation include Jean R. Dupré, CEO of Montreal’s Orchestre Metropolitain, Kevin Lau, composer-in-residence of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mellanby, Director of artistic operations with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Shannon Whidden, executive director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Vicki Young, Managing director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Tania Miller, Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and yours truly, representing the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.
Thérèse Boutin, CEO
Orchestre symphonique de Québec
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.