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February 14, 2012

Riccardo Muti's alternative energies: Composers Mason Bates and Anna Clyne

Anna Clyne and Mason Bates 250 Chicago Symphony composers in residence credit Todd Rosenberg.jpg

Quick note to California and New York City colleagues:

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are on tour to San Francisco, Costa Mesa, Palm Desert and San Diego Feb. 14-19 and they will be in residence during opening week of the 2012-13 season at Carnegie Hall. Most of the draw is likely to be for Muti himself, and for the traditional works on his programs, which include "Carmina Burana," Schubert's ("Great") Symphony in C Major and the Franck Symphony in D minor.

But Muti is also aggressively promoting the orchestra's two young composers-in-residence -- Mason Bates, 35, also known as DJMasonic, and London-born Anna Clyne, 31. They have invigorated Muti while attracting their own followers. When was the last time you actually saw an auditorium thin out before the big romantic work on the program? It happened here in Chicago earlier this month. Here's a profile of the two composers.

February 14, 2012 7:39 PM | | Comments (1)


Yes, and two of the deserters were Bernard Rands and Augusta Reade Thomas, as I happened to notice because they were sitting right in front of me. Also conspicuous: they neither joined the standing ovation for DJMasonic's world premiere nor even applauded. Such esprit de corps in our little world...

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