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Mason Bates at his laptop during a MusicNOW concert, conducted by James Feddeck, in September 2014. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014

Mason Bates gets acoustically audacious with his ‘Anthology of Fantastic Zoology’

For his final commission as the CSO’s Mead co-composer-in-residence, Mason Bates summons the sprites, griffins and serpents of Jorge Luis…

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How a mentor put composer Marc Mellits on his career path

Some composers are best known for an opera or a string quartet, but thanks to YouTube, Marc Mellits has gained…

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Mason Bates on ‘Indigo Workshop’

Mason Bates, Indigo Workshop (2014) Duration: 5 minutes Instrumentation: Solo piano Commissioned by University of Wyoming Cultural Programs and Wyoming Institute…

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Anna Clyne revives an honored guest, with Yeats set to frets for ‘The Seamstress’

William Butler Yeats’ poem “A Coat” gave Anna Clyne “a brushstroke of an idea” for her violin concerto The Seamstress. “It’s an experiment for me,” says Clyne, the CSO’s Mead co-composer in residence, of the work, which will receive its world premiere May 28, with Jennifer Koh as soloist.

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On Pierre Boulez’s ‘Dérive 2′

Pierre Boulez, Dérive 2 (1988/2006/2009) Duration: 45 minutes Instrumentation: Large ensemble Dedicated to Elliott Carter Premiered by Ensemble Intercontemporain on Sept. 14, 2002,…

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Anna Clyne and Mason Bates look back as they move forward

Receiving an appointment as composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a bit like being backed as chef de cuisine at a…

Samuel C. Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek, newly appointed Mead composers-in-residence. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Muti selects Adams and Ogonek as next CSO composers-in-residence

Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek have been selected by Riccardo Muti for the position of CSO Mead Composers-in-Residence. They will…

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Entering the world of Anna Clyne’s ‘Postponeless Creature’

Anna Clyne’s music can be described in a multitude of ways: the most simple and straightforward would be to say…

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Marc Mellits on ‘Octet’

Marc Mellits: OCTET (2010) Duration: 14 minutes Instrumentation: string octet Commissioned by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Premiered by the Syracuse Symphony…

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Esa-Pekka Salonen on ‘Dichotomie’

Esa-Pekka Salonen, DICHOTOMIE (2000) Duration: 10 minutes (extract: movement 1) Instrumentation: solo piano Premiered by Gloria Cheng on Dec. 4,…

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John Zorn on ‘Goetia’

John Zorn, GOETIA (2002) Duration: 9 minutes (extract: movements 1, 3, 4, 5, 8) Instrumentation: solo violin Premiered by Jennifer Choi…