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Reeperbahn goes classical for 2016

This year's edition of the German music industry conference/showcase festival will for the first time include a classical music component

By IQ on 22 Jul 2016

Carlos Cipa, The State of Modern Classical Music, Reeperbahn Festival 2016

image © Facebook.com/carloscipa

In a first among the major showcase festivals, Reeperbahn will this year introduce a classical music component to its programme.

Entitled The State of Modern Classical Music, the initiative will, in partnership with classical labels Bosworth Music, Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Neue Meister, ProArte, Sony Classical, and Warner Classics, include showcases, receptions and panel sessions focusing on “the exchange between ‘pop’ and ‘classical'”, says the festival.

Of relevance to live music industry delegates will be the classical music showcase, held at the Resonanzraum (250-cap.), featuring pianist Olga Scheps (Sony Classical), harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (Deutsche Grammophon), pianist Sophie Pacini (Warner Classics), Frieder Nagel and his ensemble (Bosworth Music) and cellist Gabriel Schwabe (Naxos), and the Classical Battle, Education and Revolt keynote by agent Berthold Seliger, in which he will “demolish a number of prejudices and cherished truisms and explain why classical music is essential to our society and so valuable to music listeners – and what pop musicians can learn from the artist model of Ludwig van Beethoven”.

The State of Modern Classical Music will include showcases, receptions and panel sessions focusing on “the exchange between ‘pop’ and ‘classical'”

Other performers will include Carlos Cipa (pictured), Chad Lawson (both pianists) and Matthias Arfmann with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, performing the Ballet Jeunesse.

Reeperbahn announced its first 43 performers, including Blossoms, Get Well Soon and Louane, in April, and 30 more in late June.

The 2016 edition of Infero Events’ conference and showcase festival will take place in the Reeperbahn neighbourhood of Hamburg from 21 to 24 September. This year’s partner country is the Netherlands, and the festival will see Dutch Impact, Buma Cultuur and the Dutch Performing Arts Fund NL showcase the Dutch music scene in a series of concerts, sessions and networking events.


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