Tag Archives: Mason Bates

(Good) Growing Pains

            What if you looked, forever, the way you did the day you were born?   If so, I’d look like an angry red worm with a hairpiece.  We grow up.  In most cases, the same could … Continue reading

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Generation Z

An underage crowd turning out for Boulez? That’s Chicago. Few new-music series in this country (or even on this planet) are visited by tour-buses filled with high school students.  Teens rarely look up from their iSomethings, and when they do … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: D.C.

I still remember the Beltway traffic that seemed hell-bent on keeping us from Gershwin.  This was a decade before California pulled me westward, and several years before New York pulled me north – the beginning of the end of my … Continue reading

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Full Circle

Last month, a very special kind of homecoming happened.  The stunning cellist Joshua Roman walked onto the stage of Benaroya Hall and premiered my cello concerto with the Seattle Symphony, the orchestra which he famously joined at age 21 to … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light

These words are being typed by a foie gras-based life form.  At this time of year in Lyon, where I just spent a week with Leonard Slatkin and his phenomenal orchestra, you simply cannot escape the delicacy.  Maybe you go … Continue reading

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Meyers, Slatkin, & the London Symphony

One of the biggest events in my musical life happened yesterday.  Having been performed around the country by many stellar orchestras, my Violin Concerto finally emerged in a format that anyone can hear anywhere: a CD.  That’s right, the amazing … Continue reading

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The Year Ahead: 2014-15 Season

I’ve been doing the musical equivalent of cave-painting this summer: writing music in blissful California isolation while my symphonic travels take their summer respite.  But that ends next week, when the 2014-15 season kicks off at the SF Symphony – … Continue reading

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Strange Creatures

I’ve got Joshua Bell surrounded — by a devil and a spaceship. Next weekend at the marvelous Sun Valley Symphony, I’ll happily be the peanut on the bill of a concert that features the reigning prince of the fiddle performing … Continue reading

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Classical Music’s Hidden Story

Sshh.  There’s a hidden story quietly exploding in classical music.  It’s the surprising evolution and adventurousness of American orchestras. You wouldn’t read this story in the pages of the leading newspapers and magazines, most of which are in New York … Continue reading

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Surf’s up at Cabrillo

A languid sea breeze tumbles through the house as I write, the wetsuit’s drying on the porch, and my score of Alternative Energy lies on the kitchen table. A tall glass of cold-brewed ice coffee nurses me out of the … Continue reading

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