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Peabody Symposium explores “What’s Next for Classical Music”

newdeannewdayAn October 21 symposium at the Peabody Institute will bring together national leaders in the music world to discuss the trends shaping the industry and the important role conservatories play in the future of classical music.

“It is absolutely critical for our students, for Peabody, and for all who love classical music that we take time to examine the broader societal and musical trends shaping our world, and how we can best prepare our students for a constantly changing, dynamic landscape,” said Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute. “Peabody’s longevity, remarkable history and affiliation with Johns Hopkins University make us a natural leader for this important conversation.”

Titled “What’s Next for Classical Music?” the symposium will explore questions such as:

  • What is the environment for classical music today, and how is it changing?
  • How does that changing environment affect the way professional music training evolves in the years ahead?
  • What role will conservatories play and what responsibility will these institutions have for fostering a love of music and building audiences for it?

Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels and Provost Rob Lieberman will open the symposium, which will be moderated by Dean Bronstein. Panelists will include:

  • Marin Alsop, renowned conductor and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra;
  • Ben Cameron, director for arts funding at the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and a frequent speaker who has given TED Talks on the arts and change;
  • Thomas Dolby, Homewood Professor of the Arts at Hopkins, noted for his work in the area of popular culture in music and film;
  • Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post; and
  • Marina Piccinini, Peabody faculty artist and internationally renowned flutist.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled that such esteemed thought leaders have agreed to join us for what I expect will be a stimulating and thought-provoking discussion,” Bronstein added.

“What’s Next for Classical Music?” will take place from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 21, in Peabody’s Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. The event will also be livestreamed at For information, visit

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