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Seminar: Opportunities For Composers In A Changing Cosmopolitan Culture

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How long can music education remain confined to the culture of Western European music in our cosmopolitan society? Why is writing compositions for children, amateur musicians and semi-professionals afforded so little status? Which initiatives, projects and efforts is the cultural world undertaking to give an answer to the most important challenges of the coming decennium?

Moderator Jonas Bisquert chairs this seminar in which the dominance of Western European music tradition is examined. In several lectures and with a panel consisting of young makers, organizers, education specialists and musicians, Bisquert guides us through various issues, hot topics and new trends.

There will also be the chance to hear the first sketches and results of the collaboration initiated in the spring of 2019 by Gaudeamus and the Catching Cultures Orchestra, which includes musicians from AZCs (asylum seekers’ centres.)


14:00-14:15 Keynote Jonás Bisquert.
14:20-15:05 Live project: Catching Cultures Orchestra (CCO)
14:20-15:05 Presentation/workshops Vocal Statements
15:10-15:35 Presentation and interview panel members
15:35-16:10 Discussion tables – three rounds of 15min.
16:15-16:45 Communal reflection and debate
16:45-17:00 Closing pitches: Ammar presents Polaroid Life and Niels de Groot presents Stichting De Vrolijkheid

Language: English

Photo ©Birgit Schuch


Catching Cultures Orchestra, Culture Unlimited, TivoliVredenburg, Operamakers, Ulysses