Future Play: music systems in the 21st Century

13–15 March 2013
Barbican Centre

March 2013 brings the highly anticipated first Barbican International Associate residency from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. The residency takes place from 13–17 March 2013 and will include three major concerts of 20th and 21st century music (including three European premieres), masterclasses, an open rehearsal conducted by Dudamel involving young musicians and teachers from Los Angeles and East London, and an international symposium.

A major education focus of the residency, the international symposium Future Play: music systems in the 21st century is presented by the Barbican and the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 13-15 March. Bringing together some of the world’s top music institutions, leading artists and educationalists, the symposium explores the impact and need for ensembles, venues and conservatoires in today’s society, and the crucial role they could play in our future cultural landscape. The symposium culminates on 15 March in Discover Dudamel, an open rehearsal where audience members can witness Gustavo Dudamel rehearsing a mixed-ability orchestra of 100 young people from across London and Los Angeles.

Highlights of the symposium include:
  • An introductory talk from John Adams
  • Keynote speech from Peter Sellars
  • Panel discussions chaired by Sir Nicholas Kenyon (Managing Director, Barbican) and Deborah Borda (President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)
  • Workshops and breakout sessions, including an introductory talk from social reformer Richard Holloway and an afternoon hosted by Darren Henley (Classic FM)
  • An open rehearsal with young musicians from East London and Los Angeles led by Gustavo Dudamel.


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