Orchestras & Concert Halls in a Post-Pandemic World


The Stage


As public officials, managers, presenters, board members, and other decision-makers navigate complex questions of when and how to responsibly return to performance activities in venues, The Global Leaders Program (GLP), The Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras (AEOS) & Classical:NEXT joined forces to co-present — (Re)Setting The Stage — an open-enrollment webinar series exploring the future of orchestras and concert halls in a post-pandemic world. From public health to economics, from event production to communication strategy — with support from Fundación BBVA, each conversation convened a diverse group of industry experts to engage in examining next steps for the sector in a world transformed by social distancing.


Assessing the Global Situation: Orchestras & Concert Halls.
Thursday, 7 May 2020
19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


Industry Experts:
Benedikt Fohr (Hong Kong Philharmonic)
Sophie Galaise (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Maria Grundtman (Swedish Performing Arts Association)
Mark Pemberton (Association of British Orchestras)
Juan Antonio Cuellar (Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia)

Protecting Audiences & Artists: Public Health.
Thursday, 14 May 2020
19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


Public Health & Industry Experts:
Anita Debaere (Perform. Arts Employers Association League Europe)

Ernest Khoo (Singapore Symphony Group)
Anna Krivelyova (London-based Public Health Economist)
Ana Mateo (Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Austurias)
Veronique Mondini (Former Head of Artistic Projects Teatro del Lago)
Nickolai Talanin MD (Former NCI Medical Researcher)

New Ways of Working: Artistry & Concert Production.
Thursday, 21 May 2020
19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


Industry Experts:
Valentina Carrasco (La Fura des Baus)
Genevieve Cimon (National Arts Centre of Canada)
Hobart Earle (Odessa Philharmonic)
Angel Gil Ordóñez (Post-Classical Ensemble)
Fabienne Krause (Classical:NEXT)
Hugo Ticciati (O/MODƏRNT)

Engaging the Public to Return: Communication.
Thursday, 28 May 2020
19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


Industry Experts:
Jessica Lustig (21C Media)
Jo Johnson (London Symphony Orchestra)
Lawrence Perelman (Semantix Creative Group)
Cristina Salvador (BOTH)
Anne Midgette (Writer & Critic)
Fabienne Morris (Intermusica)

Restoring Trust: Contracts & Cancellations.
Thursday, 4 June 2020

19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


Industry Experts:
Gary Ginstling (National Symphony Orchestra [USA])
Marie-Josée Desrochers (Place des Arts Montréal)
Jasper Parrot (HarrisonParrot)
Martha Gilmer (San Diego Symphony)
David Whelton OBE (Philharmonia Orchestra)

MidSummer Nights: Pathways for Festivals.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


Industry Experts:
Fabienne Krause | moderator (Classical:NEXT)
Alan Fletcher (Aspen Music Festival)
Aleksander Laskowski (Chopin Competition)
Marcelo Lopes (Campos do Jordão Festival)
Antonio Moral (Granada Music & Dance Festival)
Câline Yamakawa (Verbier Festival)

Governance for New Beginnings: Resilient Boards & Crisis Management.

Thursday, 25June 2020

19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


How have recent and ongoing events evolved the roles and responsibilities of a Board? To what extent should a Board steer an organization’s strategy during crises? How can an organization build a resilient, crisis-proof Board?


Industry Experts:
Katya Gorbatiouk | moderator (London Symphony Orchestra)

Christine F. Hunter (The Metropolitan Opera)

Bárbara Herrera de Garza (Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey)

Brian C. McK. Henderson (Rockefeller Capital Management)

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg (The New England Conservatory, The Orchestra of the Americas Group)

Janis Susskind OBE (London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Britten Pears Arts, Boosey & Hawkes)

Veronica Wadley CBE (Arts Council London, Royal College of Music, London Music Fund)

Who You Are Before What You Do: Culture-First Organizations.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)


How do arts leaders build cultures aligned with missions and values? – How can organizational culture support effective vision, strategy and operation? – What internal shifts can contribute to a more equitable and impactful arts sector?


Industry Experts:

Scott Harrison | moderator (BLUME Haiti | Detroit Symphony | LA Chamber Orchestra)

Jenny Bilfield (Washington Performing Arts)

Elena Muslar (Loyola Marymount University)

Julii Oh (Miami City Ballet)

Neeta Helms (Classical Movements)

Caen Thomason-Redus (Detroit Symphony)


Who You Are Before What You Do: Culture-First Organizations.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

19:00h – 20:30h (UTC+01:00 Madrid Time)

How are artists pushing the boundaries of performance?

Can spontaneity and flexibility make a permanent return to programming?

What does the life of a modern-day performer look like?


Industry Experts:

Maria Roberts | moderator (International Arts Manager Magazine)

Janet Cowperthwaite (Kronos Quartet)

Danae Dörken (Molyvos International Music Festival)

Albrecht Mayer (Berlin Philharmonic) Rafael Payare (San Diego Symphony) 

Kenny Savelson (Bang On A Can)

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