2013-12-02 Thomas Hampson and Naxos

Dear classical music lovers,

The preparations for the third edition of Classical:NEXT are shaping up well and we are proud to announce that star baritone Thomas Hampson will open Classical:NEXT 2014. Moreover the expo and conference in the MAK will be expanded and, with the Naxos Meeting moving to Vienna next year, an influential partner will join our forces. At present our director, Jennifer Dautermann, is exploring Brazil to broaden our South American network.

Online registration for Classical:NEXT 2014 will open soon and, in the meantime, you can enjoy the recording of the Classical:NEXT 2013 conference session on future opera houses and concert halls by David Staples online, or take a look at our compilation of useful classical music blogs and websites.

Sincerely yours,

Paul Bräuer



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We are thrilled to announce the American singer Thomas Hampson as keynote speaker of Classical:NEXT 2014 in Vienna. After this year's celebrated speech by violinst Daniel Hope, we are delighted that yet another world famous personality will open the top international professionals' forum for classical music.

Thomas Hampson enthused: “I am very honored and excited to offer the Keynote address at the Classical:NEXT conference in Vienna. This is a foresightful initiative that brings people together from all over the world to explore new horizons of appreciation and understanding of the classical music idiom. As an Artist and passionate advocate for the Arts, I look forward to embracing those challenges together.”

More information on Thomas Hampson
Video: Thomas Hampson at BBC Hardtalk


NAXOS Meeting 2014 IN VIENNA

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The Naxos Group - the world’s largest independent label and digital distributor of classical music - has decided to move their annual distributor conference to the University of Music and Peforming Arts Vienna in the days preceding Classical:NEXT 2014. Classical:NEXT director Jennifer Dautermann comments: "We are very pleased that Naxos has decided to move their meeting to Vienna. We share many aims and this form of cooperation is best for all our partners and delegates.”


Useful Classical Music Websites


Which classical music websites do you consider regularly?

We have compiled a handy list of blogs, databases and online magazines about the world of classical music for you. This includes websites such as "Classical Music magazine" or "International Arts Manager" as well as blogs and professional platforms or networks. 

This is only a work in progress and we need your help to continue: Let's share our knowledge, if you can recommend a classical music blog or website, just let us know and send us an email to media@classicalnext.com. We are looking forward to it! 

List of classical music websites, blogs, magazines, databases etc.


DAVID STAPLES' SESSION On future opera houses and concert halls NOW ONLINE

David Staples

Creative artists are innovating in more ways than ever before, using new technologies in ever more imaginative ways. How will these and other factors influence new concert halls, theatres and opera houses? Watch the Classical:NEXT 2013 conference session by theatre consultant David Staples, talking about the future role of concert halls and opera houses.

David Staples is a theatre consultant who has worked in more than 50 countries. He is the current chairman of Theatre Projects, a former chairman of the Society of Theatre Consultants and a member of the International Society for the Performing Arts. He has worked on projects including the Esplanade in Singapore and the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.

Watch this session online here (audio recording and slideshow)



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While the grey winter months set in here in Europe Classical:NEXT director Jennifer Dautermann is lucky enough to be travelling to Brazil for a couple of weeks to establish and broaden contacts with presenters and artists from the Brazilian classical music scene. Will you be in Rio or Sao Paulo during the next two weeks? Get in contact via C:N NET if you are interested in meeting up with Jennifer Dautermann.




Kind regards,
Paul Bräuer