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Samuel Adams discusses his journey to becoming a composer

Though he grew up in a music-focused environment, Mead Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams explains in this short video that “composing was…


Composer Ted Hearne bridges the worlds of classical and contemporary

For the last six of his 14 years in New York, Ted Hearne was part of the lively, eclectic Brooklyn…


Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen wins the Grawemeyer Award

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has won the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, one of the most prestigious honors in…


Elizabeth Ogonek on ‘Falling Up’

Elizabeth Ogonek. Falling Up (2015) Duration: 8 minutes Instrumentation: Small ensemble Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society Premiered by Ensemble 360…


Daniel Wohl on ‘Glitch’

Daniel Wohl, Glitch (2009) Duration: 20 minutes Instrumentation: String quartet and electronics Commissioned by Carlsbad Music Festival for the Calder Quartet…

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Kaija Saariaho on ‘Petals’

Kaija Saariaho, Petals (1988) Duration: 9 minutes Instrumentation: Cello and electronics Premiered by Anssi Karttunen on May 19, 1988, at the Musica…


Clara Iannotta on ‘Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing’

Clara Iannotta: Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing (2014) | Chicago premiere Duration: 14 minutes Instrumentation: Large ensemble…


Ted Hearne on ‘Law of Mosaics’

Ted Hearne, Law of Mosaics (2012) Duration: 30 minutes Instrumentation: String orchestra Commissioned by Barlow Endowment for Music Composition for A Far…


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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Sam & Elizabeth’s Spotify list for ‘unstrung’

Ahead of the first MusicNOW concert of the season, Sam Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek, the CSO’s Mead co-composers in residence,…


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…