The Future of Music

Last week, the Barbican Centre and LA Phil presented a symposium about the future of music education. Future Play was a three-day gathering which began with an introductory speech by the conductor and composer John Adams (pictured below), and culminated in an open rehearsal for 100 young players in the Barbican Theatre, led by Gustavo Dudamel. 


Here, we feature some of the key speeches from the symposium. (There’s much more to follow in the coming days, including a film of the open rehearsal led by Dudamel). 

The conductor and composer John Adams opened the symposium with an introductory speech. He’s introduced by the Barbican’s Director of Creative Learning, Sean Gregory:


Peter Sellars delivered a provocative and wide-ranging keynote speech in which he posed a series of stark challenges to the classical music world:

LA Phil President and CEO Deborah Borda provided a framework from which to consider the current truths and future potential of music institutions.

Richard Holloway spoke of the power of social reform through music in his keynote: 

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