The 2019 Opening: Hear It New!

The Opening Ceremony of Classical:NEXT does not simply signal the beginning of the global music meeting, but sets the tone for all it has to offer, bringing to the stage the spirit of the event and underlining its intercontinental and innovative perspective. Find out more about previous Openings.

National Sawdust, the contemporary classical venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, presents the 2019 Opening Showcase at Classical:NEXT.

Composer and National Sawdust co-founder and artistic director Paola Prestini is curating the opening showcase "National Sawdust: Hear It New!", produced by Holly Hunter, director of National Sawdust Projects.

The Opening begins with the practice of Deep Listening by IONE, as developed by composer and pioneer Pauline Oliveros, that explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening. It also features acclaimed cellist Amanda Gookin performing a piece from her feminist work Forward Music Project, as well as composer and National Sawdust Hildegard Award–winner Emma O’Halloran’s composition Constellations performed by members of the Young Doelen Ensemble, and a specially commissioned short film, Kipatsi, Nija, Añaantsi (Land, Water, Life), directed by filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu, with a live performance by Peruvian composer/performer Pauchi Sasaki.

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National Sawdust

National Sawdust is a women-led innovative contemporary classical venue, committed to introducing audiences to new artists and artists to new audiences.

The performance venue and recording studio focuses on discovery, building new audiences for classical and contemporary music by providing resources and support to emerging and established artists and composers.

Classical:NEXT is proud to be collaborating with National Sawdust and we look forward to announcing all that we have in store for our eighth edition.

National Sawdust Website