People have travelled from all over the world to be here in Rotterdam to participate in the Classical: NEXT meetings. Rooms full of booths house delegates eagerly discussing their reactions to presentations and showcases or making contacts for potentially beneficial collaboration. Lively presentations given by well-spoken, thoughtful, interesting speakers who come from a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise raise the level of discourse throughout the meeting areas. Live and video showcases provide a sampling of classical artists performing a full spectrum of colourful interpretations of the classical idiom.
I wonder if the remarkable, positive chemistry is at least in part a product of being in this vibrant city. The architecture is imaginative, varied, colourful, and inviting. As one walks around the city, the buildings seem to rise and meet the pedestrian or cyclist. The city, or at least the modest part of the city with which I have become acquainted, is a welcoming environment, built to a human scale. I look forward to exploring more architecture, ideas, and music in the next couple of days.
Vicki Young, MBA
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
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.