from exploring the polemic of tradition to embracing the paradox

For our one year anniversary we have explored the global theme of Tradition with the wonderful Elizabeth Askren. She offered us an insightful talk on how tradition can be neutral, on how it is up to the context and the user, on the active charge state of neutrality, on tradition and creativity and on how paradoxes are constantly around us, especially in the creative world. We explored together tradition from the three B’s definition to polemic definitions to a classical music smack-down. Another important ingredient for a great morning is music. So at the beginning of the event the talented Erika and Jozsó from the local band FUNKorporation played a few songs for us.

About the speaker

Franco-American conductor Elizabeth Askren enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, artistic director, and educator. Equally at home with symphonic orchestras and opera, she has conducted throughout Europe and North America and has recently debuted with the Romanian National Opera of Cluj, the Dallas Opera orchestra, and the Toulon Opera orchestra. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of TOA - Transylvanian Opera Academy, an innovative professional development and insertion program offering international-level mentoring and performance opportunities to exceptional young talents in the field of Opera. As an educator she has over a decade of international experience in teaching masterclasses, guest speaking, leading outreach projects, conducting youth orchestras, and serving on juries and artistic committees. A laureate of several international competitions and distinctions, she regularly figures in the national press, both in Europe (France Musique, Radio France International, Revista Sinteza, TVR…) and more recently in the US (PBS Newshour, WQXR blog…).

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