Chicago Symphony anticipates arrival of new composers in residence

Posted on: August 6, 2010

In Tuesday’s (8/3) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein writes, “Hopes are running high following Riccardo Muti’s appointment of Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, two of the freshest and most compelling voices of their generation, as the new composers in residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Their two-year terms, which begin this fall, promise to kick up the excitement quotient in Chicago’s new music scene in ways that should engage listeners not usually drawn to contemporary classical works. Bates, 33, is a Virginia-born, Guggenheim Fellowship winner who lives in San Francisco and works part-time in area clubs as a hip-hop underground DJ known as ‘Masonic.’ … Clyne, 30, is a Brit based in Brooklyn whose luminous, absorbing music also finds inspiration in partnerships with cutting-edge choreographers, musicians, film-makers and visual artists. … As curators and hosts of the CSO’s contemporary series, MusicNOW, Bates and Clyne have put together a series of programs for 2010-11 that reflect not only their own eclectic, multi-media embrace but also the barrier-crossing energy of today’s new music scene in general.”

Photo by Robert Loerzel

Posted August 6, 2010