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.
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. Watch an interview with David Pay from Klassik.tv.
The Classical:NEXT 2015 Opening Ceremony was presented by Canada Council for the Arts, The Canadian Music Centre and Music on Main.