The next big wave of composers is already on its way.
The orchestra of Philip Glass, The Smiths, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and The Beatles, to name a few, have all been part of the big orchestra boom since the 1960s.
In the past decade, the world has witnessed the rise of a new wave of great orchestras and composers, many of them new and unknown.
In an interview with ABC News, violinist Peter Halsall says, “It’s like a new age of orchestras.”
Halsall is a founding member of the new wave.
He is now the president and co-founder of the New York Philharmonic, a group of violinists that includes violinist Yael Weitzman and violinist Maxi Vazquez.
The new wave started with the emergence of electronic music in the late 2000s and has since exploded into new generations of orchestrums, including the Boston Symphony, the New Orleans Symphony, and the Boston Conservatory.
In 2016, the Boston Orchestra partnered with the New England Symphony to create the Orpheum, a live concert series with orchestral, cello, viola, and piano that’s based on classical pieces and is performed in a different setting each year.
The orchestra has performed its first concert in 2018.
For Halsman, orchestras have become an extension of his life, an outlet for his musical creativity.
In 2017, Halson became the first male conductor to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
The Orpheus is currently touring with a string quartet and the National Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018, the orchestra will host the Boston Shakespeare Festival’s International Symphonic Competition, a concert series featuring performances of classical music by American orchestras.
In 2019, the Orfeum will return to the National Opera House to perform at the American Music Hall of Fame.
Halsman says that in the coming years, orchestrations will evolve to become more diverse.
For one thing, orchestrums will be able to perform with women and ethnic minorities.
And as the orchestra’s repertoire grows, orchestrators will be asked to explore new sounds and styles of music.
“It’s a time when the music of the orchestra is so much more than just a piece of music,” Halsom said.
“There’s a sense of place and a sense that you’re part of a community.
There’s a commitment to creating a community.”
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