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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Modern Classical Music in Orlando

The wave of appreciation for modern classical music in Orlando shows no signs of cresting. In the past couple of years, we’ve witnessed an unusual sight: adventurous, young listeners – well, young-ish – filling seats at classical concerts – or even standing at rock clubs – to hear music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and other living composers. No one group can claim credit for the shift – the Bach Festival Society, the Civic Minded Five, the Central Florida Composers Forum, New Score Chamber Orchestra and Accidental Music Festival have all had a hand in it. Those last two groups are involved in this summer’s most ambitious new music event: the Marathon AMF, happening May 7th at Timucua Arts White …
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Contemporary Classical Music

“Without new music, there is no music.” That simple maxim is the unofficial motto of Orlando’s Accidental Music Festival, and it’s a viewpoint that’s shared by a new tribe of classical music fans. The idea of the classical listener as an elderly gray hair is an outdated one; festivals around the country like Big Ears and Bang on a Can draw mostly young crowds. And they showcase mostly young performers playing works by living composers. Locally, our classical offerings are steadily approaching the vanguard. This month marks the debut of Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic’s new music director, just 33 years old, and his first official concert included a piece by composer Gabriel Kahane, himself just 34. In 2012, the …
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