Rehearsing Orchestral Innovation
Classical music institutions are faced with challenges. The need for innovating concert practices is widely acknowledged. The Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM) aims to study the dynamics behind changing classical music practices and their societal contexts, and to actively shape classical music futures. The MCICM is a structural collaboration between The South Netherlands Philharmonic, Zuyd University for Applied Sciences and Maastricht University. The new centre will combine academic research on innovation of performance practices with artistic research to renew classical music practices and music education in artistically relevant ways.
The first MCICM symposium invites delegates from the professional and amateur music sector, classical music industry, music education, and academic and artistic research on musical performance and audience engagement to discuss the central theme of collaborative learning and experimenting. The main question is how combining academic and practice-based research can 'open' and ‘extend’ the ritual of the symphony orchestra concert.
The two-day program, consisting of panels and hands-on workshops, focuses on innovation through collaborations between professional practice, arts education and research. It takes the music rehearsal as a starting point for rethinking the ritual of orchestral performance. Rehearsing music mobilizes existing knowledge and expertise, yet aims at new qualities in a performance. We will explore and debate the societal role of classical music and its relevance; new ways in which audiences can participate in and value classical music concerts; and the symphony orchestra as an ‘archive’ that enables (re)discovering musical cultures of the past.
At the end of the first symposium day, prof. dr. Peter Peters will give his inaugural speech as newly appointed director of the MCICM.