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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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,…

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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…

Composer Kate Soper (for 3/7/16 MusicNOW concert)

Kate Soper on ‘Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say’

Kate Soper, Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (2010-11) Duration: 12 minutes Instrumentation: Voice and flute, with text by…