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Rutter Appointment Sparks Thoughts On Classical Music At The Kennedy Center

This criticism misses the mark, however. The real point is not the quality of Eschenbachs collaborators; its more.. that these collaborators seem to represent the sum total of what he brings to the table. At the Kennedy Center, we havent seen new concert series, or experiments, or even large-scale composer cycles beyond a focus on Beethoven. All weve seen is Eschenbach collaborating with a number of different artists , including NSO musicians, which is in itself a fine thing, but after a few seasons begins to pale as a stand-in for actually finding new ways to connect with audiences and move the organization into the 21st century. Above: An excerpt of the piece Alternative Energy, by the CSO composer-in-residence Mason Bates. [Co-composer-in-residence] Anna Clyne and I wanted to really reimagine the format of the CSOs already successful MusicNOW series, Bates said. We wanted to bring in video program notes, immersive stagecraft and lighting. Deborah gave us complete freedom to do whatever we wanted.
Full story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/classical-beat/post/rutter-appointment-sparks-thoughts-on-classical-music-at-the-kennedy-center/2013/12/11/4e9cd9e0-6218-11e3-94ad-004fefa61ee6_blog.html

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