Small, focused festivals could become the backbone of classical music performances. Even large orchestra organizations could evolve toward a variety of targeted festivals throughout a season, feeding the music desires of a greater public. A large orchestra could program a series of full orchestral "festivals" plus a variety of smaller orchestral and chamber events using the same players.
For some chamber music connoisseurs, the format of iPalpiti might recall the heyday of the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vt., when cellist Pablo Casals would lead chamber musicians in orchestral programs. For Martin Chalifour, the principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and iPalpiti artistic advisor, this festival reminds him of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, where top string players form an orchestra.