Classical:NEXT Welcome Keynote: Begin Hear

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, Photo by Luba Grosman

Classical:NEXT is pleased to announce the 2021 Welcome Keynote, which will turn the spotlight on the listener. Founder and artistic director of Beginner's Ear, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (Germany/USA), will share how to reframe the listening experience in a way that empowers audiences and invigorates creators.

What makes a good listener? The question rarely gets asked in the music business. Yet what is true in friendship is true in music: good listeners bring out the best in others.

For too long, the classical concert world has approached audience attention as a problem that needs policing. Prohibitions around noise and movement signal to listeners that their role is subservient to the music. The pandemic has created an opportunity for a reset that centres the listener as a co-creative actor in the musical process.
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

As a critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim has won honours for her reviews in the New York Times that unlock the communicative power of music. She founded Beginner’s Ear to guide audiences to a deeper state of listening through meditation, whether in schools, prisons, yoga studios, or performing arts organisations.

Classical:NEXT Welcome Keynote
Begin Hear

How to Make the Listener Feel Heard
Led by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
Monday 12:00, 27 September 2021
Willem Burger Zaal, de Doelen
Rotterdam, Netherlands

article posted by:Gideon Elfgen, Piranha Arts