Tanya Tagaq, by Shelagh Howard
Both the intercontinental and innovative perspective of Classical:NEXT were underlined at the 2015 opening ceremony: The Canadian Music Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts hosted the "Canada:NEXT" opening gala. Over the course of the evening Martin Hoffmann (Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation) spoke on stage as part of a double keynote together with Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Rotterdam Philharmonic & Philadelphia Orchestra), who shared his insights over video. Find more information about the double keynote on C:N NET or listen to the speakers' thoughts at our Keynote page.
The opening programme was curated by David Pay, Artistic Director of Vancouver's classical, new, and genre-bending concert series Music on Main, showcasing its reputation for storytelling in a post-classical age. The show include live appearances by a range of Canadian artists (detailed below) as well as a video speech from the outstanding soprano and performing conductor Barbara Hannigan. See an interview with David Pay from Klassik.tv here:
The artists who performed live at the Classical:NEXT 2015 Opening were:
Cecilia String Quartet (Canada)
Continuum Contemporary Music (Canada)
Megumi Masaki (Canada)
Tanya Tagaq (Canada)
Glenn Hodgins, Executive Director of the Canadian Music Centre, sees the evening in a tradition of Canadian music innovation:
"Canada is filled with the kind of fresh thinking that led Glenn Gould to change the face of the recording industry and R. Murray Schafer to invent soundscape. The Canadian Music Centre is proud to be working with the Canada Council for the Arts as a presenting partner for the fourth iteration of Classical:NEXT."
The Classical:NEXT 2015 Opening Ceremony was presented by Canada Council for the Arts, The Canadian Music Centre and Music on Main.