The Arts in 2050: Is Classical Next?

An interactive session in which participants forecast a certain future

Jeffrey Kimpton
Michael Thurber
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 15 conference
  • date:21 May 2015
  • time:16:30 - 17:30
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:de Doelen - Conference Room 3
  • country:Netherlands
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Chaired by:

Jeffrey Kimpton (US)
President, Interlochen Center for the Arts USA


Michael Thurber (US)
President, CDZA (Collective Cadenza)

The year 2050. Across the world only a few major performing arts organisations remain. China, the largest arts consuming culture, has closed most of its performing arts centres. The BBC reports a growing phenomenon: collaborative performance zones, clusters of gathering places for creating and performing, virtual hubs and creative spaces. Artists and audiences are linked through biometric creative profiles and paired by interest, skill levels, location and availability. Initiators bring performers and audiences together in shifting live and virtual formats in bold mixes of old and new. Arts organisations and festivals come and go with crowdsourced funding.

Will this happen? Patterns over the last millennium forecast our future; the seeds have been planted. Do we have the courage to adapt? What are the consequences if we do not? Are we ready to start?


Jeffrey Kimpton:
Jeffrey Kimpton is president of the Interlochen Center for the Arts USA, steering its distinguished international programmes in arts education, broadcasting and presentations. An innovative leader in education, private philanthropy and for and non-profit leadership, he is a frequent author, speaker and consultant around the world.

Michael Thurber:
Michael Thurber is a composer/creative director. He has written scores for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Public Theater (NYC), BBC America and NPR. Michael co-founded YouTube’s CDZA (30 million views) and consults with YouTube designing live events at venues like Madison Square Garden and The Kennedy Center.