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The Los Angeles Times

“Be it mixing trip-hop and funk at a club or writing a symphonic or chamber work, composer Mason Bates is getting noticed for his straddling of classical music and electronica. … Young, Juilliard-trained and already celebrated, he’s become a fixture … Continue reading

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2011-12: What Lies Ahead

My idyllic summer of composing, cocoon–like, in Northern California is now beginning to morph, taking flight in a gratifyingly busy season of concerts around the country. Here’s a quick flyover: Two large works will be premiered, one commissioned by Riccardo … Continue reading

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Portugal in July

What do you get when you combine a fabulous orchestra, a fearless conductor, an architectural wonder, and a city flowing with Port wine? One of the coolest shows I’ve ever encountered. Maestro Edwin Outwater, whose life has intersected with mine … Continue reading

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Muti, the CSO, & The B-Sides

Three hours before my meeting with Riccardo Muti, world famous maestro and current leader of the Chicago Symphony, I looked out the airplane window. The vast flatness of Illinois. None too scenic — but certainly more interesting than the Italian … Continue reading

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Mothership, YouTube, & Our New Century

After all the buildup, Mothership lifted off in Australia last month — with 1.8 million people watching. The piece, commissioned by Michael Tilson Thomas and the YouTube Symphony, imagines the mothership parked in Sydney, an orchestra of musicians from all … Continue reading

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Desert Transport

There are worse places to be in February than Phoenix and Miami. For example, pretty much anywhere north of either. As it happened, I needed to be in both places at more or less the same time. On a Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Mouse On Mars at the Chicago Symphony

They are the heirs to Kraftwerk, the German synth-pop unit that invented an electronic vocabulary from thin air in the 70’s. Both on the level of sound design and compositional heft, no one in electronica matches Mouse on Mars. And … Continue reading

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New Music in a Blizzard: MusicNOW

The forecast: high of 12, low of 5. Fahrenheit. That’s damn cold for anyone, let alone someone used to California. But no matter, this was December in Chicago, where six hundred new-music braved the cold to experience the second MusicNOW … Continue reading

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