Towards 2040: Creating Classical Music Futures (Online Symposium)

21 - 22 April 2021

What will classical concerts look like in 20- or 30-years’ time? Will digital concerts become an integral part of the practice? What will the concert hall look like? What aesthetic issues will be important? How will music education contribute to the changing future of musicians? This symposium seeks to engage with the different ways that practitioners are constructing this future, while considering critically the process of ‘futuring’ itself. The aim is not to simply imagine a distant future over which we have no control but to show how imagining the future of classical music informs our work today.

The digital symposium titled Towards 2040: Creating Classical Music Futures, will take place on 21-22 April 2021, organised by the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music, of which Conservatorium Maastrich is part.

The symposium aims to stimulate a supportive and fruitful dialogue in order to better understand what ingredients lead to successful innovation in classical music. The process of 'futuring' itself will be critically considered, while different ways that practitioners are constructing future will be also dealt with. It will also be the start of a process that will result in a book on Classical Music Futures, to which symposium presenters and attendees are invited to contribute.