Classical:NEXT kicks off with an opening gala that showcases the NEXT music of a specific country as well as ignite talks from some of the biggest names in classical and contemporary music.
For Classical:NEXT 2016, the opening programme was curated by de Doelen for their 50th anniversary, highlighting the range and scope of exciting and boundary-breaking art music that can be found in our host country of The Netherlands. The show included live performances by six truly NEXT Dutch artists (detailed below) as well as featuring the all-important Keynote.
Regarding the Opening's live performances, Neil Wallace, programme director of de Doelen, said: "We approached three young music programmers and curators to help select ensembles and artists for this special occasion. From the long list of candidates provided by Masa Spaan, Shane Burmania and Floris Kortie the team managed to choose only six to help convey the diversity of the Netherlands’s teeming and innovative classical world."
The opening also featured film by video maker, Jules van Hulst, co-founder of the Netherlands’ legendary 33⅓ Collective. This visual component emphasises an important message in the Dutch presentation – the interdisciplinary qualities found so often in Dutch music making.
Dr Clemens Trautmann (Deutsche Grammophon)
Hans-Hermann Rehberg (Berlin Radio Choir)
Beth Morrison (Beth Morrison Projects)
Michael Tilson Thomas