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Nov. 10–13 Boston, MA
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Four opportunity-packed days

We designed the IMPACT conference to be as rewarding as it is intensive. Here is the complete hour-by-hour schedule rundown for IMPACT 2015.

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Education Sessions


Session topic:

Musical Perspectives on Culture
Sérgio and Odair Assad, Sandeep Das, Johnny Gandelsman, Kathryn Stott, Wu Tong
A Silkroad Collaboration

Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble-playing come from a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and studies under guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music made for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. The Assads' repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio and his own take on classic folk and jazz music, as well as various styles of Latin music. Their classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy; thus making their touring programs a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures.

Sandeep Das is one of the world’s leading tabla virtuosos. A favorite disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj ji of the Benaras Gharana, he has built a diverse international career, collaborating with a variety of genre-crossing artists. Das is founder of HUM (Harmony and Universality through Music), an ensemble promoting global understanding through performance and education. He has composed for and performed internationally with the Silk Road Ensemble since the group’s founding in 2000, and is a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right.

The son of a musical family from Moscow, by way of Israel, violinist and composer Johnny Gandelsman combines his classical training with a restless desire to reach beyond the concert hall in exploring contemporary music. As a concert soloist and a founding member of the quartet Brooklyn Rider, Gandelsman has premiered dozens of new works and has released albums by
The Knights, the Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider, and others on his label, In a Circle Records.

Kathryn Stott is internationally recognized as one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today's most engaging pianists. She is in demand for a wide variety of chamber music alliances, playing with some of the world’s leading instrumentalists, as well as appearing on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances. Kathryn has also directed several distinctive concert series and festivals and has developed an extensive and exceptionally varied catalogue of recordings. Born in Lancashire, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music and was a prize-winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition 1978. Her teachers included Nadia Boulanger, Vlado Perlemuter and Kendall Taylor. In addition to her busy career as a performer, she is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was recently made an Honorary Member. Kathryn has been performing and recording with Yo-Yo Ma for nearly 30 years and together they regularly tour Europe, the USA, South America and the Far East.

Born to a musical family in Beijing, sheng player Wu Tong graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in 1994 and has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the founding vocalist of Lunhui (“Again”), the first rock band ever to appear on Chinese television. In 2008 he made his operatic debut in The Bonesetter’s Daughter (San Francisco Opera) and wrote the film score to Wong Kar-Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux. A nominee for Best Crossover Album at Taiwan’s 2011 Golden Melody Awards, he was named 2012 Musician of the Year by New York’s China Institute. In 2013, he premiered Zhao Lin’s Duo, a double concerto written for him and Yo-Yo Ma.

8:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.Conference Registration
1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.Pre-Conference Extended Education Sessions
4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Pre-Conference General Session

A global strategist, an astute analyst, and a beltway sage
Jeffrey Kleintop, Liz Ann Sonders, and Greg Valliere
5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m.Welcome Reception in The Exchange
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.Regional Dinners
7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.Conference Registration
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.Breakfast in The Exchange
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

General Session

Opening remarks
Bernie Clark, followed by a conversation with Walt Bettinger

A passionate competitor
Abby Wambach
9:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.Education Sessions
9:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.Extended Education Sessions
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn in The Exchange

Sponsored by:

NEADs dogs in Boston Common
11:15 p.m.–11:45 a.m.Showcase Stage Presentations
12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.Showcase Stage Presentations
12:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.Extended Education Sessions
1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.Technology Education Sessions
1:00 p.m.-2:15p.m.Education Sessions
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.Technology Education Sessions
2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Education Sessions
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.Break in The Exchange
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Showcase Stage Presentations
4:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m.

General Session

An intellectual maverick
Fareed Zakaria

Sponsored remarks by:
5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m.The Exchange Reception

Sponsored by:
5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m.Fareed Zakaria Book Signing in The Exchange
7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.Conference Registration
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.Breakfast in The Exchange
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

General Session

Tenth Annual IMPACT Awards® Presentation
Jon Beatty and Bernie Clark

An uncompromising leader
Alan Mulally in conversation with Neesha Hathi

Sponsored remarks by:
9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.Technology Education Sessions
9:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.Education Sessions
9:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.Extended Education Sessions
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.Technology Education Sessions
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Lunch and Learn in The Exchange
11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Showcase Stage Presentaions
12:15 a.m.-12:45 a.m.Showcase Stage Presentaions
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.Spotlight Sessions
2:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.Education Sessions
3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.Break in The Exchange
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

General Session

A venture culturalist
Yo-Yo Ma and Friends
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Final Night Event

The Art of the Party at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Sponsored by:
7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Conference Registration
8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.Breakfast in The Exchange
8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.Education Sessions
9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.Brunch, Bloody Marys, and David Brooks Book Signing in The Exchange
10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

General Session

An insightful commentator
David Brooks
11:45 a.m.Conference Close and Boxed Lunch
Agenda is subject to change
Education Sessions