Keynotes and General Sessions

Friday Keynote Address: Conversation as Music

Friday, January 5, 2018 | 10:00-11:45 AM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

Robert Krulwich

Anyone who has ever performed in a small ensemble knows that the music dictates how the artists communicate with each other and their audience. Radiolab, one of the country’s most popular podcasts and radio shows has, from the beginning, talked to its audience in openly musical ways—creating melodies with words; intensifying phrasing; using silence, rhythm, and new instrumentation; intrepidly creating sounds from scratch—all to illustrate and underscore complex ideas. Co-host Robert Krulwich will describe why they do it, how they do it, when it works, when it doesn’t, and what it’s like to be constantly at risk of having the audience click you into oblivion.

Saturday General Session: The Artist’s Perspective

Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 10:00-11:45 AM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

In Chamber Music America’s 40 years, the field—and the world itself—have changed in ways that our founders could never have imagined. Hear how five musicians, from millennials to baby boomers, are building on the past and inventing the future.



Patricia Ann Neely

Samora Pinderhughes


Darrell Grant, moderator

Sunday General Session: A Conversation with David Shifrin

Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

David Shifrin

Listen in on a conversation with Fred Child, host of NPR’s Performance Today, and clarinetist David Shifrin, recipient of CMA’s 2018 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award. The Award presentation will take place following the conversation.

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