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Important conversations about the Future of Classical Music

This week a group of highly respected scholars and visionaries in the arts are gathering at the Eastman School of Music to present three FREE public lectures and panels for the Rochester community about the future of Classical Music. Topics to be discussed include: Critical Challenges Facing Musical Leaders of Tomorrow (Thursday 9/20, 4:00-5:30, Hatch Recital Hall, ESM); Teaching in a Truly Digital Age (Friday 9/21, 2:30-3:30, Hatch Recital Hall, ESM); and The Future of Classical Music in...

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The Eastman School of Music is hosting three guest scholars this weekend who will help answer that question. They join us in studio for a preview of their presentations about teaching classical music in the digital age and the challenges future music leaders will face. Our guests:

  • Robert Winter, distinguished professor of music at UCLA
  • Robert Freeman, pianist, author, former director of the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory, and former dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Jim Doser, director of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music

https://iml.esm.rochester.edu/events/the-future-of-classical-music-in-america/

This week a group of highly respected scholars and visionaries in the arts are gathering at the Eastman School of Music to present three FREE public lectures and panels for the Rochester community about the future of Classical Music.  Topics to be discussed include: Critical Challenges Facing Musical Leaders of Tomorrow (Thursday 9/20, 4:00-5:30, Hatch Recital Hall, ESM); Teaching in a Truly Digital Age (Friday 9/21, 2:30-3:30, Hatch Recital Hall, ESM); and The Future of Classical Music in America  (Saturday 9/22,

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