With Frank Horvat (Canada), composer, pianist and artivist
Celso Mojola (Brazil), manager and composer, GRUPECO, Cantareria School of Music
Paola Prestini (US), co-founder and artistic director, National Sawdust
Merlijn Twaalfhoven (The Netherlands), composer, The Turn Club
We are facing climate change, rapid growing inequality, a changing economy and a robot revolution. How can music relate to such urgent issues? Do we become social activists? Or is there a truly artistic role to play? This session discusses four projects that go beyond the level of illustration, contemplation or addressing these topics. From an opera co-created with the inhabitants of besieged Aleppo to a project that brings extinguished insects to life, they confront, connect, involve and change their audiences. In the first half, the impact, approach
and artistic quality of each example is assessed and discussed. The second part is dedicated to our own dreams, dilemmas and ideas about connecting classical music and the most urgent global challenges.