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A progressive view of orchestra

‘In the future the orchestra will have to think in a different way – it can’t forever be this rigid formation of 100 players fixed in one role. Within the [Hungarian Festival Orchestra], we have different groupings, some for old music, some for contemporary music. It’s all a matter of keeping routine away, and in that respect I like to think we start where other orchestras stop.’

Amen, Ivan Fischer.

Though Fischer is talking about his own superb ensemble he could just as easily be describing our approach at wcfsymphony, which encompasses unique ways of presenting ensemble music in addition to exploratory programming and a greater variety of instrumental configurations. This week’s activities in particular epitomize our commitment to a symphonic experience that is anything but routine.