While the non-profit, governmental and educational support structures available to the classical music community provide many opportunities, the complete reliance on top down solutions means that many ways of developing natural connections with potential audiences are missing or scarce.
In the pop music realm, career advancement is gained through the development of a fanbase, the result of directly connecting with the public at large. But in the classical music realm, career advancement is only available through competitions and auditions for gatekeepers, which keeps innovation to a minimum in the industry. Critical structures as simple as community open mics and the ability to do regional touring to build a fanbase don’t exist in the realm of classical music.
We see these missing structures as the root cause of most of the problems facing the classical industry today. We believe finding ways to emulate these missing structural opportunities can help increase the connection of the performers with the public, and give more power and influence to that connection. The is a classical music industry that is more responsive to audiences and an energized audience base that feels more directly involved and less like simple observers.
Some of Open Classical’s most important conceptual innovations and programs are:
1 Classical Open Mic - a free community event where professionals and amateurs share music in a comfortable social atmosphere.
2 Artist Series touring route - a network of regional touring routes where classical musicians can tour a single program through multiple cities on consecutive days, lowering touring costs and increasing performance opportunities by significantly changing the economic model.
3 The New Canon Project - a developing web project described as “the Rotten Tomatoes for classical music composition”. An eventual global repository for opinions on classical music compositions that challenges new compositions to compete in quality with famous music of the past. The complex process of having audience members judge classical music compositions is distilled to one simple revolutionary question - “Do you want to hear that again?”
4 Classical music comedy original shows - “Night of the Living Dead Composers”, “The True (Not Exactly True) Story of Thanksgiving”, and the Children’s Operetta “Goldilocks” are original concept stage shows that mix high art with slapstick comedy.
With a lifetime commitment to classical music combined with an entrepreneurial drive, Mark has brought a dream to life with Open Classical. His vision is to provide an opportunity for musicians to hone their skills while simultaneously creating a new experience for fans and performers. His creativity, leadership and love for story-telling is central to the spirit of the organization.
Co-host, piano accompanist, composer, and improvised comedian, Thiago is a creative human bundle of art. More importantly, he shares his extraordinary musical talent in dramatic expressions that tell a story with each performance. Truly representing any composer's creation, he connects to the audience with profound and passionate emotion.
Brent is a wonderful clarinetist and the welcoming host of Dallas Classical Open Mic. His sense of humor and willingness to wear any costume comes into play in many Open Classical productions!
And many valued volunteers sharing their time and talents...
Nikola Olic, President
Monty Daniels, Vice President, acting Treasurer
Kelly Ball, Secretary
Harvey Siegler, Past President
We greatly appreciate the people, venues and organizations that support us!
Buttons Restaurant, Food and Music
Charlie Biel, Photographer
Klyde Warren Park
Kristin Colaneri Campbell, Production/Stage Manager
Metroplex Piano Warehouse
Serkan Zanagar, Photographer
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
WRR Classical 101 FM
Plus the cast of characters that perform and applaud at Classical Open Mic and other events!