Does classical music have a future? The iCadenza Future of Music Festival is based on a “you bet” answer to that question, and to prove it, the first-time event has put together a series of lectures and events exploring the theme, “On Our Own Terms: Where do artists want to take the future of classical music?” along with an impressive lineup of hot young talent. The festival opens Aug. 17 with a preconcert lecture by conductor Jeffrey Schindler. That's followed by a concert featuring the remarkable dramatic tenor Philip Alongi, who in a former life was the lead singer in a rock band and now is a sought-after lead singer at major opera houses throughout the world; mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, who's been praised for her powerful, multitextured artistry; and Yamaha Rising Star Assaff Weisman, first-prize winner of the 2006 Iowa Piano Competition, who's been wowing 'em since his phenomenal solo debut at the age of 12. On Aug. 18, the festival offers a series of master classes to be announced. Other artists include three more phenomenal pianists, Rufus Choi, Armen Guzelimian and Max Levinson; powerhouse up-and-coming mezzo-soprano Cathleen Candia; and “barihunk” baritone Zachary Gordin. The festival concludes with a recital by the Israeli Chamber Project, a new ensemble whose members have been called “true magicians.”

Wed., Aug. 17, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 19, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., 2011

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