Fingers walk across piano keys

Most musicians I know start their careers talking about music as their passion. Somewhere they shift, and start to refer to their art as work. I used to think of this shift as a negative, but careers in music are work. Our audiences, too, need to know about all of the effort that goes into what we do.

In this month’s issue, 21CM shares an essay by Assaff Weisman, executive director and pianist of the Israeli Chamber Project. “Surviving the First Decade” acts both as a guide for newly launched ensembles and as a recounting of ICP’s own story – what obstacles they fought and what anchored them amidst life’s inevitable currents.

New Amsterdam Records co-director Judd Greenstein contextualizes shifts in contemporary classical music with its broader cultural history, arguing both for more independent thinking and more institutional support. This TALK21 comes with a bonus: the video of “Plan of the City,” a collaboration between Greenstein, director Joshua Frankel and NOW Ensemble.


Finally, Elizabeth Nonemaker offers her take on summer festivals and how they can reignite the passion that sparked our love of music from the very beginning, giving “a burst of newness” to those who are in it for the long haul.

As always, thanks for joining the conversation,
Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM

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